Join CWEA in Crafting Water through the 21st Century at the 87th Annual Conference on April 28 – May 1, 2015 in San Diego, CA. This year’s conference will provide a forum to gain education, share thoughts and discuss new approaches with wastewater and water professionals, utility leaders and regulators. Hurry, all registrations must be postmarked by Monday, April 6th to receive the early bird rate. Register Online Today!

  • Stay connected to all the latest information by visiting
  • Start learning before the conference begins and sign-up for one of the five Pre-conference workshops covering topics from Professional Development and Employee Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Engineering, Corrosion to Train the Trainer.
  • Choose from two and a half days of interactive and dynamic Technical Sessions and earn up to 30 CWEA contact hours for the entire conference. Currently, we are working with the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) to determine the number of hours they will offer.
  • Take a tour of some of the San Diego Area water and wastewater plants by registering for one or more of the five Technical Tours.

Invite any full time college students you know to attend AC 2015 for free (see reg form for details). Please help spread the word so students and agencies are aware of Friday’s Students & Young Professionals Career Fair. Direct students and young professionals to the www.myac15/org/syp webpage. Students from a variety of programs are planning to attend, including engineering students and water and wastewater operators in training. Sign your agency up for a career fair booth and talk with great talented students from Southern California’s great colleges and universities.

San Francisco has become the first U.S. city to require drug companies to pay for the disposal of their products, even as the issue simmers before the Supreme Court.

The city is now the third locality with such a law, which went into effect Friday, and other counties are eyeing similar steps. The new measures irk drug makers, but they’re also arguing they could lead to requiring all sorts of manufacturers — like makers of tires or batteries— to pay for safe disposal programs.

“These statutes are taking off, we see there’s a movement in California to expand beyond the pharmaceutical industry,” said Mit Spears, general counsel for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

“This is the first time where a county or local government has reached out and forced companies in another state to provide a service to their local residents,” Spears said. Last fall, PhRMA and two other drug associations lost a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against the first of such laws, this one in Alameda County, California, and the Supreme Court is expected to say next month whether it will hear the case.

Drug disposal programs aren’t new — many localities run them — but until now, drug makers haven’t had to pay for them.

Advocates for the new laws say they’re important for combatting the rising problem of prescription drug abuse and ensuring drugs don’t end up in the water supply when people flush them. Since drug companies profit from selling drugs, they should also shoulder corresponding safety costs, they say.

“Why is it fair to privatize 100 percent of the profits and socialize 100 percent of the costs?” said Heidi Sanborn, director of the California Product Stewardship Council. “These are the same companies that don’t like taxes, don’t want fees, don’t like big government, and we’re offering them a program where they get to write their own regulations.”

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Heidi Sanborn is a panelist at the AC 2015 What2Flush Summit meeting. For information on the summit meeting, click here.

CASA and the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) are jointly sponsoring two biosolids and renewable energy seminars on May 12-13, 2015. The focus of the seminars will be on innovative biosolids treatment technology and renewable energy production and utilization. Speakers will provide factual information on new technologies, operating experience and performance data, and the status of ongoing research if not yet at full scale.

The sessions will be full day events held at two different locations on consecutive days, each with a slightly different agenda. The Northern California seminar will be hosted at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District in Martinez on May 12, and the Southern California seminar will be hosted at the City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment plant in Playa del Rey on May 13. Registration will be open next week and both CASA and CWEA will be distributing announcements very soon. The cost for each event will be $165 in advance ($185 if registering onsite) and Continuing Education Units will be available. For more information contact Greg Kester at [email protected].

Check out The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission sewer rap!

The City’s sewers work 24/7, 365 days a year; the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is a multi-billion dollar citywide investment underway to ensure it’s safe now and continues to protect public health and the environment for generations to come. Check out the lyrics at

Video Credit: BAYCAT

Imagine a future where every Californian and visitor to California understands and values our water, thus ensuring a sustainable future. Water is sustainable development. Water is our world. Water is health. Water is nature. Water is urbanization. Water is industry. Water is energy. Water is food. Water is equality. Water is our world.

Managing urban and rural areas of California is an important development challenge for the 21st Century. Thousands of miles of pipes makes up California’s water infrastructure. Agencies operating Water Resource Recovery Facilities (formerly known as publicly owned treatment works) will be crucial to our water supply future.

Join us  April 29th at 8 am at the Opening General Session of CWEA’s Annual Conference as we discuss Crafting Water for California’s future with the following water professional leaders:

  • Celeste Cantu, Executive Director, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
  • John Helminski, Public Utilities Director, City of San Diego
  • Assembly member Anthony Rendon (Via Skype)
  • Jim-Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Water Utility Enterprise