The SCAP report on Southland biosolids summarizes annual production (declining), disposal options (composting is at the top) and costs (one-third of agencies are struggling with rising costs).

From the report:

 By comparing the total volume of wet tons produced in the 3-year period 2008-2010, it appears there is an obvious downward trend. In 2008, 1,471,436 wet tons were produced compared with 1,379,687 wet tons in 2009 for a decrease of 6.2%. A further reduction of 2.4% is noted when comparing the projected 2010 production with 2009 reported volumes. Overall, there is an estimated 8.4% reduction in volumes when comparing 2008 totals to the projected 2010 volumes.

Read the SCAP 2010 Biosolids Report here >

The Southern California Association of POTW’s website is

CWEA will host our annual biosolids seminar in Whittier on Jan. 18th and in Dublin on Jan. 19th. For details please see the workshop flyer located here.  The seminar is titled “Biosolids: Putting Regulators and Researchers in Touch with You, the Practitioner.”

The team at El Toro Water District (ETWD) in Lake Forest, Calif., includes two professionals with a combined 61 years of experience in the industry. Ralph Palomares, sewer collections supervisor and industrial waste inspector, joined the district in 1980. Ron Hightower, operations foreman, came on board in 1979.

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One of the past winners of P3S Facility of the Years is California Dairies in Tulare.

A past winner of P3S Large Facility of the Year is California Dairies in Turlock. CWEA P3S members can nominate their favorite facility for an award - applications due Dec. 3rd!

Do you know of an industry or business that deserves recognition for their efforts on waste minimization, wastewater treatment technology, stormwater control, and/or pollution prevention practices? Here is your chance to give them the credit and recognition they deserve.

The CWEA Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater (P3S) Committee is soliciting nominations for the 2010 Facility of the Year Awards. These awards are intended to recognize facilities for their outstanding and innovative solutions in multimedia waste management and environmental protection. The Facility of the Year Awards will be presented during the CWEA Annual P3S Training Conference and Exhibition on February 28 – March 2, 2011 in San Jose.

Nomination forms and additional information are available online at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks.  – Casey

Casey Fitzgerald
Environmental Inspector
City of San Jose, Environmental Services Department, Watershed Protection Division, Source Control Section

Join Water for People in Celebrating World Toilet Day this Friday November 19.  In our lives, and in so many places around the world, sanitation is a little talked about topic. Taboo for many. With 2.6 billion people lacking access to a toilet, it’s a subject that needs to be talked about—immediately.

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From Chris Lundeen, CWEA Director of Member and Leader Services

CWEA’s Certification Preparation Task Force (CPTF) has released the 2nd edition of the four Collection System Maintenance (CSM) Study Guides. The new study guides have been revised to reflect the new CSM certification tests being rolled-out January 2011. The study guides have expanded descriptions of the new Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) covered on the test and updated practice tests. Study guides are available free to all CWEA members as a searchable electronic PDF book. [Read more]