Drinking Water Policy in California:
Environmental & Occupational Health Aspects

Date: March 4, 2015
Location: University Student Union, Northridge Room
Time: Registration 8:00 AM, Program 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Dr. Trussell earned his PhD at UC Berkeley and is a registered engineer in California with over 40 years of experience in the water and wastewater field. Dr. Trussell is the founder of Trussell Technologies and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Recently Dr. Trussell has been working extensively on source water sustainability issues including desalination, impaired water recover and potable reuse. Dr. Trussell is an active member of the International Water Association and a board member for the WateReuse Association.

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Harvesting Humididty as a Means to Increase the Water Supply

When: November 17, 2014 (6PM social hour, 7PM Dinner & Presentation)
Where: Dulan’s on Crenshaw
4859 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90043


RSVP online by November 17th http://harvestinghumidity.eventbrite.com.  Please contact Bryan Trussell with any questions at bryant@trusselltech.com or call (626) 486-0560 x 117.

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Earle Hartling, Water Recycling Coordinator for Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, will present “The Role of Water Recycling: Can Purple Pipe Be the White Knight of the Next Water Crisis?”

Mr. Hartling’s presentation will cover the various methods of recycling, future water recycling efforts of Los Angeles and the other member counties of the Metropolitan Water District, and how Southern California recycling may effect the Central Valley.

Dinner and Presentation open to CWEA and WEF members and non-members.

When:  November 13, 2014
5:30 networking, 6:30 dinner and presentation
Where:  Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 South Union Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93307
(individual checks)
Please RSVP to 661-331-1181 or 661-238-9805 by 11/11/14.


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Crafting Water – Call for Session Speakers!

Join CWEA in Crafting Water through 21st Century Learning by submitting a proposal to present at the 2015 Annual Conference.  We’ll be selecting speakers to present meaningful interactive sessions where participants can engage, connect and learn.  Submit your form via our new online portal by October 1st.

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The Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society (SCALACS) and CWEA’s LABS is doing a Joint Event on the “Fate of DDT in Sediments on the Palos Verdes Shelf”!

Guest Speaker: Robert P. Eganhouse

Tuesday, June 3- 6:00 PM (Mixer), 7:00PM (dinner), 8:00PM (presentation)

C&O Cucina - 3016 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Cost: $28 for members and non-members

RSVP by 5/29 to Nancy Paradiso (office@scalacs.org or 310-327-1216)

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Join us for dinner and presentation:

Beyond Nitrification – Benefits of Higher Solids Retention Time Operation

By Dr. Michael Stenstrom, Ph.D, P.E.

 The activated sludge process is the most common method of secondary municipal wastewater treatment; solids retention time (SRT) is the key control parameter for this process. Typically, operating at long SRT is considered only for nitrification, but there are additional benefits of high SRT operation. The presentation will present experimental and literature evidence to demonstrate three major additional benefits of long SRT operation: increased oxygen transfer efficiency; improved biomass particle size distribution, which results in more efficient clarification with fewer effluent particles and suspended solids; and enhanced removal of many emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and endocrine disrupting compounds. This presentation will present the results from several treatment plants demonstrating these benefits. A long-term survey of three treatment plants concludes that operating at higher SRT is not as energy intensive as commonly assumed.

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Join CWEA’s LABS for an evening with Marcus Eriksen and a presentation on the 5 Gyres Institute.

Thursday, February 27 – 6:00PM (mixer), 7:00PM (dinner)

Earth, Wind, and Flour – 2222 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cost: $30 member; $35 non-member; $15 retiree & students


RSVP by 02/24 to Miluska Propersi (mpropersi@rmcwater.com or 310-566-6476)


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Five Days of Valuable Education & Training in Malibu, California!Monday, January 13 – Routine Maintenance Inspections – Load Testing Dispersal Components
Tuesday, January 14 – OWTS Technology Management – Disinfection
Wednesday, January 15 – OWTS System Controls
Thursday, January 16 – Low Pressure Pipe & Drip Dispersal Fundamentals
Friday, January 17 – Onsite Water Reuse Symposium & Technology Fair

The City of Malibu Environmental Sustainability Division will host the California Onsite Wastewater Association (COWA) for five days of valuable onsite wastewater education & training at the Malibu City Hall facilities. After a series of one day educational programs, allmeeting the City of Malibu recertification requirements, the week will culminate in a visionary Onsite Water Reuse Symposium & Technology Fair.

The Onsite Water Reuse Symposium & Technology Fair provides a forum for Onsite Industry Professionals and stakeholders from around the world to exchange information on treatment technologies that are being employed as both rural wastewater solutions and urban sewer mining strategies.

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The presentations for our Nov 5, 2013 collection systems seminar in Hawthorne are posted here:


Join this LABS & Tri-Counties joint event:


Tapia Water Reclamation Facility applies state-of-the-art technology to transform wastewater into high quality recycled water, built in 1965 with a 0.5 mgd capacity its current 16 mgd capacity provides a great source of water to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.


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Join LABS in this training opportunity!


Los Angeles Collection Systems Training Day
Hawthorne Memorial Center
November 5th,  7am-3pm
$40 members / $60 non-members

• New! SWRCB MRP Update
• SWRCB SSO Reporting Req.
• NGOs & Agencies Working Together
• Leadership Skills
• Pipeline Cleaning
• Certification Test Math Prep

• Pump station automation
• Cybersecurity

Members $40
Non-members $60 

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Attendees can register online and pay with credit card: http://labs-2013.eventbrite.com/

Over two days in July LABS and SARBS presented over 20 classes of training on leadership, safety, sewer design, maintenance, rehabilitation, cleaning, technology and state sewer regulations. The seminar attracted over 250 Southern California sewer professionals to Huntington Beach Library. This CWEA training event was organized by volunteers from LABS and SARBS . All photos by Carey Olcott, Haaker Equipment.

July Dinner and Presentation – Bringing Water To People Around the World

Presenter Jeff Friesen will talk about Water For People’s goals, methods, and objective to put themselves out of business through success. He will also describe the types of projects the World Water Corps undertakes, and will focus on his most recent assignment: identifying new groundwater sources to augment the inadequate surface supplies in the low income areas of Malawi’s largest city, Blantyre.

When: Tuesday, July 23rd at 6pm

Location: Taix French Restaurant
1911 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Echo Park)

Cost: $35 Member; $40 Non-Member; $20 Retiree & Students

Meal Choices:
Filet of Sole with lemon sauce
Beef Bourguignon
Risotto with mushrooms

RSVP with meal choices to: Miluska Propersi [mpropersi@rmcwater.com or 310-566-6476]

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What’s the effect of ozone pretreatment on microfiltration systems, NDMA formation, CEC removal and RO performance? Presenters Rajen Budhia of West Basin Municipal Water District and Fredrick W. Gerringer of Trussell Technologies will discuss West Basin’s pilot testing of ozone at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility.

5:30pm – Presentation

6:15pm – Tour

7:00pm – Dinner

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LABS will get docent led tours of Hyperion's new ELC on Saturday August 3rd (photo by Northern Lights)

LA’s wastewater community will see two outstanding milestones this summer – the opening of the City of Los Angeles’ spectacular new Environmental Learning Center and the retirement of longtime Hyperion Plant Manager Steven Fan. On Saturday August 3rd we invite you and your family (children middle school or older) to celebrate at a LABS party inside the ELC.

9:30am – Tour the 3 story ELC with wastewater & sanitation displays. Great views from the new green roof.
11:30am – Presentation by Steven Fan, Retiring Plant Manager
Noon – Lunch buffet on the patio
1:00pm – Cupcakes, drinks and toasts for Steven on the patio

Over $400 in door prizes thanks to our event sponsors!

Thank you to our table sponsors:

Sponsor slots are sold out. Limited to 80 CWEA visitors, 20 tickets remain. Hurry register today.

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Please join the Tri-Counties Section for this excellent workshop!

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Class Program

Michael Simpson, a Senior Environmental Engineer for the City of Los Angeles, will present a report on the efforts of the Water Environment Research Foundation establishment of a committee to set the framework, approach, focus areas, goals and actions to achieve a step change, rather than an incremental change, towards new wastewater and stormwater management practices and/or technologies that will improve the sustainability of water management on a national level.


Dinner (including coffee and dessert):

  1. Salmon
  2. Chicken coq au vin
  3. Vegetarian pasta
$35 members, $40 non-members, $20 students/retirees


RSVP by 5/20 with meal choice to: labsofcwea@gmail.com


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From the SWRCB for all LA Basin agencies ….

We are advertising an “Infrastructure Funding Fair” in the Los Angeles area (Alhambra, CA), on Wednesday July 24, 2013.  This event is free.  Representatives from cities, counties, districts, tribes, consulting companies, or non-profits, are all welcome to attend.

The following agencies will provide a short presentation regarding their funding programs, followed by an opportunity for one-on-one discussions with agency representatives regarding your potential projects:

-          California Department of Public Health

-          California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank

-          State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board)

-          Department of Water Resources


Additional details and information regarding how to register can be found at the State Water Board’s web site at www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/,  call (916) 327-9978 or send an e-mail to CleanWaterSRF@waterboards.ca.gov.