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This week’s images are again by famed wastewater photographer and consulting engineer Paul Cockrell. Based in Placerville, Paul has a business and gallery offering fine art landscape photographs, architectural photographs and images of treatment plants and machinery. Reach Paul at email@example.com.
The Lodi WPCP in central California plays an important role in cleaning wastewater before it enters the San Joaquin Delta. From the City’s website…
Since 1923, the City of Lodi has been providing wastewater collection and treatment services to the community. The cornerstone of the City’s program, the White Slough Water Pollution Control Facility was originally constructed in 1966. This facility replaced one of the oldest secondary treatment facilities in the Western United States.
The most recent expansion, completed in 2005, has modified the treatment process to include tertiary filtration and ultraviolet light disinfection, which replaces chlorine gas. Ultraviolet disinfection is safer for the environment and City staff working at the facility.
Learn more at the Lodi’s website.
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The CWEA conference committee is now soliciting sponsorships for the 2010 Annual Conference to be held in Sacramento April 20-23. Opportunities cover a wide spectrum of exposure levels that can be tailored to just about any budget. You can find the sponsorship brochure at this link. Exciting examples include sponsoring the technical conference proceedings distributed to all attendees, tote bags, lanyards (already taken), water bottles, and hotel keys (already taken). In addition, there are Standard Sponsorship Levels that include recognition across conference events (i.e. Icebreaker Reception, Banquet, Golf Tournament, etc.) These include Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. Finally, there are opportunities to sponsor popular attendee events such as the Student/Young Professional Mixer and the Operations Challenge. All of these sponsorship opportunities are excellent ways to promote your company to a significant group of California wastewater professionals. Don’t miss this chance to support CWEA, promote your firm, and show your commitment to the industry!
For more information and details, contact one of our Sponsorship Co-Chairs:
- Vijay Kumar, (510) 587-7577, or Vijay.Kumar@CH2M.com
- Marco Palilla, (916) 817-4878, or Marco.Palilla@hdrinc.com
You can also contact Marci L. Donohoe at CWEA: (510) 382-7800 ext. 120, or email@example.com
SARBS will host their popular collections seminar on Jan. 21st in Huntington Beach at the Public Library Theatre….
SARBS-CWEA Collections Training Seminar – Winter 2010
- The right Nozzles – Tier 1, 2, 3
- Sizing, Maintenance, Field demonstration
- Bypass Pumping – Emergencies and planned operations, hands on equipment. Agencies -Bring your trailor-mounted equipment for viewing and contest for the best set up!
- Panel Discussion: Laterals – over eight agencies represented to discuss range of services: inspection, cleaning/city tree roots, funding options, homeowner education, cleanout configurations and modifications, potential legal costs
- Root Control
Great story from Union Sanitary District…
Three Union Sanitary District employees were recently honored for their efforts to rescue two dogs stranded in Alameda Creek in October.
USD Mechanic Mat Grabowski (CWEA Member) was performing maintenance on USD’s main sewer lines near Alameda Creek when he spotted two dogs standing shoulder-deep in water. Mat attempted to coax the dogs out, but it became clear the smaller dog was stuck and sinking into the soft mud of the creekbed. The stranded dog’s companion wouldn’t leave him as he struggled, his head sinking into the water.
The dogs’ owner, Balvinder Chadha, who had been searching for them came upon the group. The larger dog, Spike, was intent on protecting his distressed friend Leo and kept rescuers at bay. Balvinder worked to get the protective dog out of the way. “Somehow I was able to lure Spike out and grab him,” he said.
As part of their “Toxic Waters” series the NY Times on Monday looked at New York City’s wastewater collection and treatment system and found it’s frequently overwhelmed when it rains – leading to combined sewer overflows (CSO).
The article, titled Sewers Fill, Waste Poisons Waterways, sums up the dire situation: “Despite (billions in) upgrades, many sewer systems are still frequently overwhelmed, according to a New York Times analysis of environmental data. As a result, sewage is spilling into waterways.”
The article looks closely at the Owls Head WPCP in Brooklyn and the obstacles operators face in treating storm flows…
“The public has no clue how important these sewage plants are,” said Bob Connaughton, the Plant Engineer. “Waterborne disease was the scourge of mankind for centuries. These plants stopped that. We’re doing everything we can to clean as much sewage as possible, but sometimes, that isn’t enough.”
The NY Times series on water is one of many this year that captured the public’s attention. There’s also the PBS-Frontline special Poisoned Waters about stormwater pollution and the AP’s on-going series about prescription drugs flushed down the drain (a huge no-no of course!) and their impact on ecosystems. The Atlantic magazine hosted a water conference last month in DC about dwindling supplies of clean water. And so on…
Perhaps the years of public outreach by CWEA, WEF, WIN, NACWA and WWEMA (Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association) are finally paying off with more public coverage of America’s crumbling water/wastewater infrastructure.