LA Wrecking Crew competed against 37 teams from the United States, Canada, and Argentina during the fast-paced, two-day event. Congratulations!

Now in its 23rd year, Operations Challenge has grown from an original 22-team event to its current 37-team, two-division format. Winners are determined by a weighted point system for five events including collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance and safety.

The events are designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories-all vital to the protection of public health and the environment.

Operations Challenge is presented in conjunction with WEFTEC 2010-the Water Environment Federation’s 83rd annual technical exhibition and conference-from October 2-6, 2010 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, this year’s event will host thousands of water professionals and exhibitors from around the world and feature the latest in research, training, solutions and cutting-edge technologies.

Water For People announced Betty Jordan as their 2010 Robert W. Hite Outstanding Leadership Awardee. The Robert W. Hite Award annually recognizes an individual who models the best in leadership with innovation, creativity, and commitment to the principles of Water For People. Ms. Jordan was presented the award on October 5, 2010, at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans, LA. [Read more]

WEFTEC 2010 opened today with a local musical welcome the attendees and exhibitors. The general opening session began with President Paul Freedman giving a recap of key projects including Stockholm Junior Water Prize, World Water Monitoring Day and key awards. Steve Solomon, economics journalist and author of “Water: Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization,” spoke to the capacity crowd about the key water issues that will face all countries.

Steve Solomon

Steve Solomon

Reminder: Submit your registration forms before October 11, 2010 for the DAMS Collections Workshop, or a $5.00 late fee will be assessed.

Registration forms and event information can be accessed from the DAMS website.

Workshop Information at the DAMS website:

On September 29, 2010 the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Los Angeles Basin Section (LABS) held a Process and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) training seminar at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts in Whittier. LABS Director Basil Hewitt initiated the proceedings by introducing an eminent water quality professional in attendance, Tim Haug. Dr. Haug retired Deputy City Engineer and Wastewater Program Manager for the City of Los Angeles, currently holds the office of Trustee-At-Large for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE).  Dr. Haug has both an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford and a B.S. from LMU, where he maintains a position as Professor Emeritus. Tim Haug introduced the distinguished course instructor, Bill Hartnett. Bill is a Principal Engineer with Montgomery Watson Harza, and acting Chief Process Engineer for City of Los Angeles.  Bill started the seminar with a bang.  He stated that the “P” stands for “piping” rather than “process”.  Tim immediately interrupted with a contrary position, and as it turns out both experts are correct, the wastewater industry tends to prefer “process” whereas the petrochemical industry uses the term “piping”.  Regardless of the name used, the profession universally agrees that these diagrams are essential to effective practice. [Read more]