Save the Date!

June 10, 2015 9:00am-12:00pm FREE Environmental Compliance Exam Training Session presented by Meg Hurston, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District hosted by the CWEA P3S Committee

Location: City of Riverside
Exact location to follow

RSVP: Contact Shannon Simmers [email protected] to reserve your seat early! Attendees must R.S.V.P. by 06/01/15

Webex will be available. Details to follow.

For those attending please bring a pencil, paper, calculator, and a copy of the Ken Kerri “Pretreatment Facility Inspection” book. Also, download the CWEA study guides you would like training on.

Download the flyer (pdf) >

Questions? Want to join the P3S Committee? Please contact the Chair:
Abigail Gomez
P3S Executive Committee Chair
City of Riverside
Direct Line: 951 351-6012
Cell: 951 323-1112

Robert J. Warren (Jud)

Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering, and project management consultancies, welcomes Robert “Jud” Warren, PE, project director in the San Diego office. Warren will focus on sustaining and growing the firm’s water infrastructure business in Southern California, especially in the San Diego market.

“For the last 10 years I have played a leading role in business development with major water utility clients in California,” said Warren. “I intend to draw from my past experience of strategizing and targeting major clients and pursuits to assist our Atkins team in maintaining the presence we already have in the area while also showcasing our expertise to new prospects.”

Warren has extensive experience in water, wastewater, and stormwater in the western U.S., including Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas. His more than 36 years of experience includes a variety of water and wastewater assignments. His water treatment work has included surface water conventional, membrane, reverse osmosis, desalination, and groundwater for new facilities and expansion of existing plants. Warren’s water conveyance projects have encompassed large diameter pipeline design, condition assessment, relining, and booster pump stations.

For wastewater, Warren’s treatment projects have involved headworks, liquid stream, activated sludge, solids processing and handling, odor control, and effluent reclamation and reuse. And his conveyance work has included large diameter sewer design, condition assessment, rehabilitation design, and construction oversight.
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In a story published by Sean Nealon for the University of California, Riverside – We find out the commonalities of the human colon, septic tank, copper nanoparticles and zebrafish.

Researchers use lab-scale human colon and septic tank to study impact of copper nanoparticles on the environment.

What do a human colon, septic tank, copper nanoparticles and zebrafish have in common? They were the key components used by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and UCLA to study the impact copper nanoparticles, which are found in everything from paint to cosmetics, have on organisms inadvertently exposed to them.

The researchers found that the copper nanoparticles, when studied outside the septic tank, impacted zebrafish embryo hatching rates at concentrations as low as 0.5 parts per million. However, when the copper nanoparticles were released into the replica septic tank, which included liquids that simulated human digested food and household wastewater, they were not bioavailable and didn’t impact hatching rates.

“The results are encouraging because they show with a properly functioning septic tank we can eliminate the toxicity of these nanoparticles,” said Alicia Taylor, a graduate student working in the lab of Sharon Walker, a professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering.


Three students from Dublin and San Ramon were honored by the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) Board of Directors for their award-winning science fair projects. The students, all from the DSRSD service area, were winners of the Excellence in Water Research award. The awards were created in 2013 by 19 water and wastewater agencies in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to recognize outstanding student projects in the world of water.

Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair Winner

In the Junior Division of the Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair, Neil Chatterjee was the runner up for the Excellence in Water Research award. An eighth grader at Quarry Lane Middle School in Dublin, Chatterjee’s project explored how organic detergents materially decrease the cost of wastewater treatment. His teacher, Johann Ripfel, sponsored the project. Chatterjee received $300 and Ripfel received $100.

Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair Winners

In the Junior Division of the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair, Arshia Mehta and Rishita Wairagade were the first place winners for the Excellence in Water Research award. Seventh graders at Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon, their project explored a low cost, portable water filter. Their teacher, Barbara Weisbrod sponsored their project. Each student received $250 and their teacher received $100.

Sponsored by GE & Wharton/IGEL

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA

Get tickets (free) here.

With the global growth of both populations and economies, the demand for water is approaching unsustainable levels. By 2050 the world will demand 55 percent more water and 70 percent more energy—an unrealistic projection provided the finite supply. Even with this exponentially growing demand, we’re only reusing four to five percent of wastewater; California—one of the leading water conservation states—is reusing just eight to ten percent. The challenge is real and it’s escalating as evidenced by the Governor of California issuing its first ever mandatory water restrictions to deal with the current drought. We can and must do better.

Hosted by GE Water & Process Technologies and the Wharton-led Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), this event will push the world towards thinking about how water impacts economies. It will convene executives in both public and private organizations as well as leading thinkers in water policy and research. Against the backdrop of one of our nation’s most water-challenged states, it will explore the current challenges to unlocking the economic potential of water and provide actionable next–steps to create a more water- and energy-secure world.

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