Award Winner: Huntsman Advanced Materials

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Staff members of LA based Huntsman with their SoCal large facility award. The LA facility recently underwent a major expansion and continues to grow. The company made environmental stewardship and pretreatment an important part of the facility's expansion.

By Paul Schmidtbauer and Tim Potter, P3S Awards Committee

Since 1971, the P3S Committee has been recognizing the achievements of high performing companies in the area of wastewater and stormwater excellence with annual awards. Separate awards are given for Southern California and Northern California and in the large and small facility categories.

Award nominations are submitted by local authorities such as the local POTW source control inspector. Nominees are evaluated by the P3S awards subcommittee including an on-site inspection. To nominate an outstanding company in your region, please email

Also during the awards banquet Preeti Ghuman, an engineer with LACSD, was presented with her P3S silver manhole.

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From 3/5/10 This Week in Washington from WEF

EPA’s Office of Water recently announced a major expansion of the Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT). With the addition of nine new contaminants, this secure online resource now contains data on 102 chemical, biological, and radiochemical contaminants that could threaten drinking water and wastewater systems. The expansion of WCIT is a key element supporting EPA’s mission to protect public health and the nation’s drinking water and wastewater systems. EPA selected the nine new contaminants to add to WCIT based on dialog with its partners in the Water Sector, including WEF. Five of the contaminants newly added to WCIT are substances that are of particular concern to wastewater treatment systems, and were recommended for inclusion in WCIT by WEF. The substances have the potential to upset secondary wastewater treatment processes or damage wastewater infrastructure, and pose a public health or environmental threat if contaminated wastewater is discharged into receiving waters. They also pose a threat to public health if ingested in drinking water. [Read more]

Monday, March 22 – Playa Del Rey
Tuesday, March 23 – San Ramon
Register by Monday, March 8 for the Member Early Bird Discounted Rate – $275

Attendees will receive a copy of Industrial Water Quality, 4th Edition, by W.W Eckenfelder, Jr., D.L Ford and A.J. Englande, McGraw Hill, 2009 – a $160 value! This book is a reputable text and will serve as a valuable reference guide. Topics covered in the text include: Biological wastewater treatment process, reverse osmosis and membrane biological processes, the latest advances in water reuse and much more! [Read more]

Don’t miss these opportunities planned just for you! Interact and network with other students and CWEA members of all backgrounds (engineers, operators, lab technicians, and more) at the CWEA’s 2010 Annual Conference.

Scavenger Hunt
Wed., April 21, 7:30-8:45 p.m.

Participate in CWEA’s own hour-long Amazing Race around the State Capitol. Test your knowledge of California history, wastewater trivia, and oceanic factoids as your team of 2 to 3 people solves clues leading to items, photos, and physical challenges that earn your team points. Have your digital camera or camera phone ready. Great prizes await the teams that collect the most points. The race culminates with a victory celebration “happy hour” for all participants at the finish line.

Student and Young Professional Mixer
Fri., April 23, noon – 1:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle, and get to know industry newcomers and seasoned veterans in a fun, friendly atmosphere. In addition to meeting new people and reconnecting with acquaintances, door prizes and free luch are sure to make this a great afternoon for all. There’s no cost to attend.

See the full conference brochure for more information and register online now for the 2010 CWEA Annual Conference. Remember, full-time students attend the annual conference at no cost — a bargain too good to pass up!

CWEA 2010 Annual Conference

CWEA 2010 Annual Conference

Your CWEA 2010 Annual Conference experience won’t be complete without attending the Awards and Installation Banquet on Friday, April 23, 6 to 11 p.m. in the Sheraton Grand Hotel’s Magnolia Ballroom.

This year’s banquet will be a contrast of dignified recognition and hilarious fun. For just $65, you’ll enjoy a hosted reception followed by an outstanding dinner; presentation of Water Environment Federation (WEF)  awards; recognition of outgoing board members; installation of the incoming CWEA Board of Directors; and first-class entertainment by a special guest.

The Conference Committee is pleased to present comedian Tom Ryan, a long-time favorite of the comedy-club circuit. Tom has made two recent appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, and has also appeared on Showtime, A&E, Comedy Central and NBC. A full-time standup comedian for over 15 years, he has performed as the opening act in concert for B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Jeff Beck, Tim Allen, Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dennis Miller to name a few. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy comedian Tom Ryan in a small, private setting.

See the full conference brochure for more information and register online now for CWEA’s 2010 Annual Conference!