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Established in 1929, CWEA’s awards program has grown to acknowledge outstanding achievement in more than 20 categories honoring exceptional California water environment professionals, collection systems, and treatment plants. Categories include Plant of the Year, Collection System of the Year, Public Education Program of the Year as well as awards of individual professionals in various vocations. The program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements within the water environment field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the field, and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.
Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs are eligible to compete statewide. These state and national level awards will be presented at the 87th Annual Conference April 27-May 1 in San Diego, CA. This month, CWEA Local Sections have been awarding their local winners at events around the state.
One such winner was Connie Sanchez, a chemist with Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), honored as the 2014 Lab Person of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Section. As a winner at the section level, Connie Sanchez will compete for the statewide CWEA Laboratory Person of the Year award. The Awards Chair for the San Francisco Bay Section of CWEA, Meg Herston, presented the award to Sanchez at the DSRSD Board of Directors meeting.
“I congratulate Ms. Sanchez for her skills, diligence, and attention to detail in the tests she conducts every day that help keep our water clean and protect public health,” says DSRSD Board President Ed Duarte.
Laboratory Supervisor Raj Gumber nominated Sanchez for Lab Person of the Year “because of her consistent achievements as a chemist. Connie is a star at quality control, which is essential to producing reliable results. During a recent audit by the state, the auditor complimented Connie on her excellent quality control. Connie also is a great trouble-shooter, and her strong work ethic and positive attitude make her a great employee.” Gumber won the same award 17 years ago as a DSRSD chemist.
After receiving a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, in 1988, Sanchez came to the U.S. in 1991. She has worked as a chemist in commercial and public environmental laboratories for 23 years, including the past 16 years at DSRSD. In March 2014, she earned CWEA’s highest certification for laboratory analysts, Grade IV, and has been a CWEA member since 1999.
The 2015 California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) is pleased to invite you to attend one of six FREE upcoming funding fairs (see flyer for dates and locations). The CFCC was formed in 1998 and is made up of six funding members: four state and two federal. The CFCC Funding Fairs provide opportunities to learn more about available grant, loan and bond financing options for infrastructure projects. These fairs are directed towards local government representatives, water and irrigation district managers, economic development and engineering professionals, financial advisors, and project consultants.
For more information, please visit the CFCC website at www.cfcc.ca.gov.
The Water Environment Federation is now accepting applications for the 2015 WEF Fellows’ candidates. The WEF Fellows Program recognizes the professional achievement, stature and contributions of WEF members to the preservation and enhancement of the global water environment in the practice areas served by WEF as described below.
WEF Fellow applicants will be considered by a selection committee approved by the Board of Trustees. Selected WEF Fellows may use the professional designation, WEF Fellow, after their name.
To help address more than $600 billion in needs for drinking water and wastewater management over the next 20 years, today the Obama Administration is launching a new Water Finance Center at EPA. The Center will work closely with municipal and state governments, utilities and private sector partners to use federal grants to attract more private capital into projects and promote models of public private collaboration that can address the real needs of cities and towns to provide safe water, rebuild sewer systems and keep streams and rivers clean. Read the entire FACT SHEET here.
Immediately following the issuance of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) issued recommendations for dialogue between wastewater treatment agencies and local hospitals and public health officials regarding the management of wastewater by patients infected with the Ebola virus. The recommendations, developed in close coordination with several preeminent microbiologists, are intended to offer an alternative layer of protection for workers who may come into contact with wastewater prior to its treatment. Shortly after the release of the dialogue tool CASA engaged with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), who was concerned that hospitals were receiving differing instructions on disposal of Ebola patient wastes.
In these discussions, CDPH expressed general agreement with CASA’s recommendations for pretreatment. At CDPH’s suggestion and with input and concurrence from the expert microbiologists, the guidance was revised to:
- More accurately capture the recommendations from the US Army Standard Operating Procedures.
- Include language to allay the unfounded fear of fume generation when using bleach in hospitals.
- Ensure hospitals notify wastewater agents when they admit a patient suspected or confirmed to be infected with Ebola