Lights, Camera, Wastewater!

The Public Education Committee is pleased to bring you the Annual Conference Film Festival! Start planning your entry now for the 2011 CWEA Film Festival and Awards now!  Held every three years, the Film Festival is your opportunity to showcase training and public education videos that your agency has produced relating to wastewater treatment in California.

Awards will be given in three categories:

  1. Amateur
  2. Semi-professional
  3. Professional

>> Click here to open the award submission form (PDF)

ENTER TODAY! Winning Films will be showcased at the Annual Conference in Ontario on April 12-15 and it could be you and your agency!

The Public Education Committee encourages you to start thinking about your entry now—it’s not too early. Use the form link above to submit your video today!

The entry deadline is March 18, 2011.

Film Festival Chair
Mike Auer
(510) 477-7621

From Environmental Protection.

The Flushable Consumer Products Certification program provides a solution to clogging issues associated with wastewater treatment systems.

SF International has launched a new certification program that provides third-party verification of consumer product claims asserting they can be safely disposed of via toilet flushing. [Read more]

The Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) is pleased to announce the publication of a new final project report titled, “Automatic Water Softener Rebate Program-Phase II: Public Outreach Program.”

This report details efforts taken by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District of Los Angeles County to develop and implement a residential automatic water softener rebate and outreach program that, to date, in combination with a water softener ordinance, has resulted in the following:

  • Removal of over 7,050 water softener units from the District’s service area.
  • Decrease in chloride concentrations in the local recycled water by approximately 50 milligrams per liter.

Included in the report are activities and lessons learned from the outreach process, as well as how these lessons continue to direct outreach efforts in the community.  The 107-page report was prepared by the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

The final project report is available to download at SCSC’s website at

SCSC was founded in 2002 by a group of Southern California water and wastewater agencies to better manage salinity in our water supplies. SCSC’s member agencies include the Eastern Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Water District, San Diego County Water Authority, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, and West Basin Municipal Water District. NWRI administers SCSC on behalf of its members.

Bill Haaker

Bill Haaker

Bill Haaker, one of the the founding SSCSC Members, passed away on December 17. He was a wonderful friend to this committee and a champion to the industry at large. Bill supported and promoted education and invested his time and energy into assuring that collection system personnel throughout Southern California received the best training possible. He is survived by his wife Cindy, his daughter Robin, and son Jake. He will be greatly missed by each of us.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 3rd at the Rose Hills, Sky Rose Chapel in Whittier.

The company has posted a memorial to Bill on their YouTube channel here.

To read more about Bill visit:


CWEA was notified today that there is a company called Convention Housing Services that is calling CWEA members and previous exhibitors at our Annual Conference and telling them that the CWEA room block at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario is sold out for CWEA’s Annual Conference April 12-15, 2011.


The company is offering to procure a room for you at the Doubletree at a different rate.  According to our contact at the Doubletree this company will book you a room at another location…if they book a room at all. Convention Housing Services will fax you a form asking for the hotel name and average price per night.  Then you have to fill in all your credit card information….NOW THEY HAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.

The CWEA block at the Doubletree will open on January 3rd.  We will be sending an email to our members and exhibitors with a link to the official Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureaus Housing once it is open. CWEA’s Annual Conference dates are April 12-15, 2011.