Join CWEA in Crafting Water through the 21st Century at the 87th Annual Conference on April 28 – May 1, 2015 in San Diego, CA. This year’s conference will provide a forum to gain education, share thoughts and discuss new approaches with wastewater and water professionals, utility leaders and regulators. The Early Bird deadline is less than a month away, so Register by April 6, 2015 and save $100.

  • Stay connected to all the latest information by visiting
  • Start learning before the conference begins and sign-up for one of the five Pre-conference workshops covering topics from Professional Development and Employee Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Engineering, Corrosion to Train the Trainer.
  • Choose from two and a half days of interactive and dynamic Technical Sessions and earn up to 30 CWEA contact hours for the entire conference. Currently, we are working with the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) to determine the number of hours they will offer.
  • Take a tour of some of the San Diego Area water and wastewater plants by registering for one or more of the five Technical Tours.
  • Attend the What 2 Flush Summit and learn about new, innovative solutions to the challenges dealing with the inappropriate items people flush. From non-dispersible wipes to medicine to everyday trash –what should we do about it?

CASA and the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) are jointly sponsoring two biosolids and renewable energy seminars on May 12-13, 2015. The focus of the seminars will be on innovative biosolids treatment technology and renewable energy production and utilization. Speakers will provide factual information on new technologies, operating experience and performance data, and the status of ongoing research if not yet at full scale.

The sessions will be full day events held at two different locations on consecutive days, each with a slightly different agenda. The Northern California seminar will be hosted at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District in Martinez on May 12, and the Southern California seminar will be hosted at the City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment plant in Playa del Rey on May 13. Registration will be open next week and both CASA and CWEA will be distributing announcements very soon. The cost for each event will be $165 in advance ($185 if registering onsite) and Continuing Education Units will be available. For more information contact Greg Kester at [email protected].

Check out The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission sewer rap!

The City’s sewers work 24/7, 365 days a year; the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is a multi-billion dollar citywide investment underway to ensure it’s safe now and continues to protect public health and the environment for generations to come. Check out the lyrics at

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Imagine a future where every Californian and visitor to California understands and values our water, thus ensuring a sustainable future. Water is sustainable development. Water is our world. Water is health. Water is nature. Water is urbanization. Water is industry. Water is energy. Water is food. Water is equality. Water is our world.

Managing urban and rural areas of California is an important development challenge for the 21st Century. Thousands of miles of pipes makes up California’s water infrastructure. Agencies operating Water Resource Recovery Facilities (formerly known as publicly owned treatment works) will be crucial to our water supply future.

Join us  April 29th at 8 am at the Opening General Session of CWEA’s Annual Conference as we discuss Crafting Water for California’s future with the following water professional leaders:

  • Celeste Cantu, Executive Director, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
  • John Helminski, Public Utilities Director, City of San Diego
  • Assembly member Anthony Rendon (Via Skype)
  • Jim-Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Water Utility Enterprise

Poop could be a goldmine — literally. Surprisingly, treated solid waste contains gold, silver and other metals, as well as rare elements such as palladium and vanadium that are used in electronics and alloys. Now researchers are looking at identifying the metals that are getting flushed and how they can be recovered. This could decrease the need for mining and reduce the unwanted release of metals into the environment. A talk about their recent work is was given at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

“If you can get rid of some of the nuisance metals that currently limit how much of these biosolids we can use on fields and forests, and at the same time recover valuable metals and other elements, that’s a win-win,” says Kathleen Smith, Ph.D.

“There are metals everywhere,” Smith says, noting they are “in your hair care products, detergents, even nanoparticles that are put in socks to prevent bad odors.” Whatever their origin, the wastes containing these metals all end up being funneled through wastewater treatment plants, where she says many metals end up in the leftover solid waste.

At treatment plants, wastewater goes through a series of physical, biological and chemical processes. The end products are treated water and biosolids. Smith, who is at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), says more than 7 million tons of biosolids come out of U.S. wastewater facilities each year. About half of that is used as fertilizer on fields and in forests, while the other half is incinerated or sent to landfills. Smith and her team are on a mission to find out exactly what is in our waste. “We have a two-pronged approach,” she says. “In one part of the study, we are looking at removing some regulated metals from the biosolids that limit their use for land application. [Read more]

As you are aware, CWEA will be hosting its Annual Conference at the San Diego Town & Country from April 28 to May 1, 2015!  However, did you know you are invited to display information about your Committee or Section at the conference free of charge?

This annual event showcases the best and brightest of California in the wastewater and water industry, offers networking opportunities for busy professionals, and provides continuing education for everyone from front-line operations and maintenance workers to engineering staff and managers.  We anticipate over 1,000 attendees and participants from public agencies, consultants, manufacturers and vendors supporting the California water and wastewater industry.

The complimentary informational tables will be located in the lobby outside the technical sessions, a high traffic area of the San Diego Town & Country, from the afternoon of Wednesday, April 28th, through the morning of Friday, May 1st.  If you are interested in collaborating with us by hosting a complimentary informational table, please contact Will Curcio at (858) 292-6387 or [email protected]. We ask that you contact Will by March 27, 2015, to take advantage of this opportunity.

The registration form can be obtained by visiting AC15 Info Table Request webpage.

For more information regarding the conference, please download a copy of the 2015 Annual Conference Brochure from CWEA’s website at: