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Global water scarcity and an increasing population worldwide make wastewater treatment and recycling one strategy for economic development. Large volumes of wastewater are generated daily in every community and at water-intensive industrial facilities. As the demand for water grows, so does demand for the treatment and reuse of this water, according to Dow Water and Process Solutions (Edina, Minn.) website.

Dow recently released a new water reuse infographic that explains how the three-step process of microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light can treat wastewater, promote water reuse, and help reduce global water scarcity. Combined, these technologies also are driving energy efficiency and cost savings in municipal and industrial wastewater reclamation processes and are helping customers and communities meet more stringent discharge requirements for waters they cannot directly reuse, the website says.

According to the infographic

*recycled wastewater will be a normalized source of drinking water in cities around the world within 30 years;

*70% of generated treated wastewater comes from high-income countries; and

*Perth, Australia will receive as much as 20% of its drinking water from reclaimed resources in coming decade

From the WEF President: Ed McCormick

WEF President Ed McCormick 2014-2015

Any organization’s measure of success lies in how well it accomplishes its mission. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), a global water sector leader, has a mission that includes four key components:

* connect water professionals,
* provide a platform for water sector innovation,
* enrich the expertise of water professionals, and
* increase the awareness of the impact and value of water.

Since 1928, WEF and its members have been trusted stewards for protecting public health and the environment. During the past 85 years, longevity and quality of life has increased, due to, in part, a significant reduction in waterborne disease by providing clean, safe water and sanitation. Water professionals work to improve water quality, which improves our quality of life. However, we still have a long way to go in many developing countries.

The water sector is experiencing a rapid transformation from treatment to water resource recovery. The speed of change in our sector is accelerating, making the need for leadership through continuous improvement an absolute necessity.

The good news is that collectively we are rising to the challenge. Leading utilities and environmental consulting firms in the water sector are hiring “directors of innovation.” Triple-bottom-line and life-cycle cost analyses are becoming important decision-making processes. In the 1990s, we changed our perspectives and began using the terms biosolids instead of sludge and water environment instead of water pollution control. Now utilities are rapidly rebranding to embrace the environmental, economic, and societal benefits of viewing waste as resources. [Read more]

The Sacramento Area Section of CWEA recently honored two wastewater projects from CH2M Hill with the Plant of the Year award for the third straight year and the sixth time since the plant began operating in 1993. The CWEA Monterey Bay Section recognized the team (pictured below) that manages the South County Regional Wastewater Authority facility with six awards: Plant of the Year, Small Plant Safety Award, Wastewater Operator of the Year (John Hernandez), Gimmicks and Gadgets (Don Pride), Mechanical Technician of the Year (Dan Ames) and Outstanding Young Professional (Amanda Bird). The plant, which serves the cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill, has earned over 20 awards from CWEA since CH2M HILL began operations in 1984. Both plants are now entered into the CWEA state competition held at the annual conference in April in San Diego.

South County Regional Wastewater Authority Team

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

The State Water Board’s Division of Financial Assistance is pleased to present the first issue of the Small Community Water and Wastewater Section Newsletter. English and Spanish versions are available for download. If you have any questions or if there is a topic you’d like to see in the next issue, please send an email to [email protected]. [Read more]

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

Attention Wastewater Operators:

The State Water Resources Control Board Wastewater Operator Certification Program (WWOCP) is ready to implement the online access to the (OCIS) database.

By March 7, 2015 you should receive a letter providing your Operator Number. Please note your Certificate number is different than your Operator Number. You will need your Operator Number and the last four numbers of your Social Security Number to register.

Once you have received your letter, you will be able to view your electronic file in the Operator Certification Information System Database (OCIS)! Once you have registered with your operator number and establish a password, you will be able to view: your certification and examination information, payment history, wastewater experience, and how many educational points have been assigned.

You will only have access to view the information and will not be able to upload or change information. For more information and instructions on how to navigate the database please access the OCIS User Guide on WWOCP home page under Announcements at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/index.shtml.

The OCIS Database is available at: https://smarts.waterboards.ca.gov/opcert/OperatorLogin.jsf.

If you have any questions regarding Operator Certification, please call (916) 341-5819, select option 7 or via e-mail at [email protected].