In addition to the traditional tracks covering  the core disciplines within CWEA, we’ve added a Cutting Edge track dedicated to sharing the latest innovations in wastewater treatment technologies. We’re seeking presentations that will show us how new and emerging technologies can help us save resources, turn more biosolids into resources, control odors better and produce cleaner water more efficiently.

New! WERF’s Jeff Moeller has agreed to help choose the programming for this innovative technology session on Thursday and will help moderate the session as well. He will talk about WERF’s research initiatives regarding innovative technologies. Jeff is a Senior Program Director for WERF.

We invite you to submit your cutting edge abstract by checking box 15 “Innovation.”  Until September 10th, we’re accepting abstracts online for all specialty areas:  water technology, collection systems maintenance, plant operations and maintenance, laboratory analysis, biosolids management, pretreatment, pollution prevention & stormwater, regulatory updates, engineering and water use, for next year’s annual conference.

View our sample formats and details on abstract requirements, designed to help you prepare your abstract for submittal.

Next year’s Annual Conference, Key to Success will take place in Palm Springs April 16-19, 2013.

Questions? Please contact AC13 Technical Program Co-Chairs, Jenny Hsu at and Patrick Griffith at  Questions regarding Cutting Edge, contact Alec Mackie at

Continue your learning from Annual Conference 2012 through our searchable online proceedings. Located in the CWEA member only site, this online proceedings will enable you to find presentations and speakers from the last four years of Annual Conferences including 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

If you find a water presentation that intrigues you and that you would like to continue the dialog at Annual Conference 2013, we’re accepting abstracts until August 17th. It only takes 150 words or less and you just might be able to continue the dialogue, or start a new one at AC13 in Palm Springs April 16-19, 2013. Please send in your abstract using the AC13 online abstract form. We have a few tools to help make the process easier. Please see our sample formats and details on abstract requirements.

AC13 Technical Program Questions? Contact Jenny Hsu at and Patrick Griffith at

CWEA Member John Smallis, Public Works Superintendent for the City of Thousand Oaks is on the July cover of MSW magazine.

From the July edition of Municipal Sewer and Water

“Evolve or Die!”  That’s the challenge that drives John Smallis, public works superintendent at Thousand Oaks, Calif. As a result, his city’s wastewater collection system is very much alive and well.

“It’s the headline of an article I have taped to my office wall,” explains Smallis of the exhortation. “It’s the way we operate. We continue to make improvements in response to the numerous issues that many wastewater collections systems face.

“Changes take time,” he advises, “but when well planned, they result in immediate benefits in the form of reduced labor, improved safety and better system operation.”

The City of Thousand Oaks is CWEA’s 2011 Collection System of the Year Over 500 Miles.

Continue reading the article…

Zoeanne Tafolla, CWEA Safety Committee

With the 4th of July this week, we wanted to remind everyone of the importance of safety. There are over 200 injuries reported each day during this time of year!

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission put a very graphic video together along with a list of great tips all of us to remember as our Nation’s birthday is celebrated:

Please don’t have one of these life altering events happen to you or someone you love.

The results are in…

CWEA won the WEF Safety Award


The Malibu Legacy Park Project won the Water Quality Improvement Award!

Both efforts will be featured in future Ebulletin stories. Congratulations!