The State is finalizing a formal proposal to transfer California’s Drinking Water Program from the Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board. State Water Board Deputy Director, Liz Haven, outlined the proposed changes at the February 2014 Clean Water Summit Partners meeting in Sacramento. The Summit Partners connects the top leaders at CWEA, CASA, SCAP, CVCWA, and BACWA, to exchange information and collaborate on emerging issues important to California’s water quality. Download the PDF to read more: Administration Proposals Regarding the Transfer of the Drinking Water Program.

Join your colleagues in this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification.
Space is limited, register online now!

Saturday, March 15, 2014
CWEA’s Northern Sacramento Valley Section
City of Redding Corporation Yard Bldg. 4
Earn 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours
Online registration will close at 3pm Wednesday, March 12th

You’ll review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation.  You’ll use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying.  Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  You’ll be able to develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.


Gain education even before the conference begins by attending 1 of our 8 pre-conference workshops. Expect that and much more at the 2014 Annual Conference in Santa Clara, Tuesday, April 29 – Friday, May 2 – it’s the most cost effective way to build your skills and your agency’s capabilities.  Register Now!

  • Laboratory 202:   Small and medium lab persons need to know more than the simplistic elements of a 101 class.  Lab 202 offers expanded looks at current topical methods as well as basic considerations for selecting a LIMS, contracting for lab services, advanced analytical techniques, and the Alternate Test Procedure process.
  • Collection System Asset Management: Learn how applying asset management techniques in your system – (anywhere from small projects to complete system-wide programs) can lower your risk of Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), regulatory issues, third-party lawsuits, etc. This workshop is geared towards engineering and public works professionals responsible for managing wastewater collection systems.
  • Training the Trainer: Learn about how moderate one of CWEA’s Technical Certification Preparation Study Sessions. Learn from current moderators experienced in helping CWEA applicants prepare for their exam.
  • Source Control System Toolbox – Educating Collection System Workers: Further your education on the importance of an effective Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) program and clear communication in reducing FOG related sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs).
  • Leadership Training – Sizzle and Substance: Creating Brain-Friendly Presentations: Learn the latest in developing presentations that will increase retention and spread contagious enthusiasm.  You’ll learn about 7 brain-friendly strategies for presentations, and how to apply these strategies to your presentations.
  • Using Design Build to Improve and Accelerate the Construction of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure:  Get an overview of the design-build process and an understanding of its benefits. Case studies will be provided to show benefits of design-build on a wide variety of project types from repair and maintenance to major facility construction, upgrades, or renovation.
  • Wastewater Treatment Regulations 101: Learn the basics about NPDES regulations, technology, water quality-based effluent limitations, biosolids, regulations, compliance and much more.
  • Professional Savvy for the Developed and Developing Professional – Skills and Tools for Professional Growth: Complementing your technical expertise with professional savvy is critical to your professional growth and development. This workshop will explore building relationships vs. simple networking, understanding professional etiquette and time management skills.

Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) is the new name of the South Bayside System Authority (SBSA), the wastewater facility owned by the cities of Redwood City, San Carlos, and Belmont, and the West Bay Sanitary District, serving more than 200,000 residents and businesses.
“This name associates the Authority with a very well-known location that is respected throughout the country, if not the world,” explains Manager Dan Child. “It also tells those who see it that our business is clean water, which is the goal of any wastewater treatment plant. Similar naming conventions are being used throughout the country to rebrand the wastewater industry in order to gain more respect from the populations served.”
The name change has financial implications. SBSA is in the midst of a $527 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and needs to issue another municipal bond. A bond consultant concluded that because SBSA is not a known entity in the bond market and the name does not inform potential investors of the location of the entity or of what it does, that a name change could potentially save SBSA five or more basis points on the cost of financing – perhaps as much as $750,000 when new bonds are issued.
The consultant recommended that SBSA consider changing its name to something that better reflects who it is, what it does, and where it is located – hence, Silicon Valley Clean Water.
The Silicon Valley Historical Association describes Silicon Valley like this: “The heartland of Silicon Valley runs from San Carlos and Redwood City through Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Milpitas. Strong outposts are in Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Ramon, Pleasanton, San Rafael, South San Francisco, Scotts Valley, and Monterey.”
Changes such as letterhead, business cards, signage, logos, website updates and legal work to facilitate the new name will occur over the next few weeks. For the next several months Silicon Valley Clean Water will have in parenthesis (formerly called South Bayside System Authority) until the new name takes hold.