California is now in the fourth year of drought and dry conditions are seriously impacting California and the western United States.  2013 was the driest year ever recorded in California, and 2014 was the hottest year on record.  Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) water reserves, which were at record levels at the end of 2012,  have been reduced by half to help meet Southern California’s water demands over the past two years.  Increased conservation is needed to maintain the region’s water reserves and restore them when the drought ends.

As a valued Community Partnering Program participant, MWD hopes you will spread the conservation message to your stakeholders through your website, newsletters, social media, and meetings.  Suggested creative content ideas are listed below.

Message:  California is in a serious drought that has reduced our region’s water reserve levels.  We must continue to conserve water to make sure there is water for the future.  Visit® for tips, ideas, and rebates to help you conserve indoors and out.

Water Gauge and Hourglass widgets:

Conservation materials:

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Come out and join your fellow attendees as they experience San Diego at one of three special activities during AC15. Register online or download the registration forms at

  • Students & Young Professional Career Fair: Inviting all students and young professionals to CWEA’s First Annual Career Fair. If you are looking to expand your professional network and explore possible employment opportunities, RSVP, complete the SYP registration form and upload your resume. AC 2015 is FREE for full time (must provide proof of enrollment with a minimum of 9 units) college students. See the registration form for more detail.
  • Golf Tournament: Spend the afternoon golfing at the Riverwalk Golf Course located adjacent to the Town and Country Resort. The format is a 4-person scramble and you can sign up as a team or an individual. Immediately following will be a BBQ dinner and awards presentation. Check in time is 12PM with a 1PM Shotgun start. All participants must sign a waiver and complete a registration form.
  • Sludge Trudge: Join us for the 32nd Annual Sludge Trudge 5K Fun Run/Walk on April 30th at 4PM. Located in the Mission Valley Area (adjacent to the Town & Country Resort), the Sludge Trudge Run/Walk will award one grand prize to the first place winners. In addition to individual categories, a prize will be awarded to the team of 3 or more employees from the same firm or agency with the fastest average time. All participants must sign a waiver and complete a registration form. Sponsored by” Aquatic Bioassy Consulting.

The CWEA Student Paper Competition is open! Papers will be accepted until March 27, 2015.

If you aren’t familiar with the Paper Competition, here are the quick facts:

  • Paper topics include: water pollution control, water quality problems, water‐related concerns, hazardous wastes or related areas.
  • Paper is limited to ten (10) total typed pages of less than 5,000 words
  • Student must be a current member of CWEA and WEF
  • CWEA will provide a $500 prize to the Undergraduate and Graduate level​ ​winners

Check out the guidelines for more information.

The 2014 Tri Counties Annual Awards Banquet was held January 16th at the Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center in Ventura.  The evening began with a delicious dinner followed by the installation of the 2015/16 Tri Counties Section Board of Directors.  Simon Watson, CWEA President, did the honors of installing the Tri Counties Section incoming board, while also giving them some sage advice for their upcoming term.  The new Tri Counties Board of Directors are: Teresa Kistner (Goleta Sanitary District) – President; Juan Ramirez (Goleta Sanitary District) – Vice President; John Pujol (Advanced World) – Secretary; Nick Steffen (City of Simi Valley) – Treasurer; Ben Marquart (City of San Luis Obispo) – Member at Large; Brett Offerman (Kemira) – Two Year Director; and Thomas Welche (City of Santa Barbara) – Past President.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is conducted at shale formation locations throughout the United States to increase production of natural gas. The fracking process requires a large amount of water (flowback, production, and drilling) thereby producing wastewater that must be either disposed of, stored, or treated. Due to the constituents contained in the wastewater, treatment poses problems for water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Several considerations and preparations should be made by a WRRF prior to accepting such wastewater.

Nontypical wastewater pollutants

The largest concern for WRRFs is typically the high salinity of fracking wastewater, measured in total dissolved solids (TDS). In addition, fracking wastewater can contain high levels of fluid additives, metals, and naturally occurring radioactive materials. The constituents are often at levels not typically found in WRRF influent.

Fracking wastewater quality can vary significantly, depending on pretreatment, if any.  It is also important to know the volume, frequency, and delivery method of the material. A clearer picture of these constituents and characteristics can be obtained by enrolling the fracking operation in an industrial influent management program. Through such a program, the WRRF should be able to control the receipt of fracking water by setting pretreatment quality specifications.

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