CWEA AC15 in San Diego ended yesterday with a bang! We welcomed in the new Association President, Phil Scott, from West Bay Sanitary District, voted and welcomed in the new Board of Directors and are so close to reaching the $500,000 goal to the Kirt Brooks Scholarship Fund – there is still time to donate if you missed your opportunity at AC15. We also congratulated all the 2014 award winners for their amazing dedication to the wastewater industry. Their plants, facilities, labs, districts, projects, programs and individual achievements are something to be celebrated. Check out the winners for each of the CWEA awards here and be sure to enter the 2015 season by downloading the new 2015 application after July 1st.

As we collect all the data, photos, abstracts and much more from this past week to share with you in the coming weeks, you can head over to our Members Facebook, Annual Conference Facebook and Twitter feeds and follow the hashtag #cweaac for a quick recap of the week. Stay tuned to the E-Bulletin for more updates from AC15.

See you next year at the Santa Clara Convention Center & Hyatt Hotel Santa Clara, CA April 26  -  April 29, 2016!

The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) announced the winners of its 2014 awards program at its Annual Conference in San Diego on May 1.  Congratulations to these agencies and individuals leading the way in the water environment field!

Established in 1929, CWEA’s awards program has grown to acknowledge outstanding achievement in more than 20 categories honoring exceptional California water environment professionals, collection systems, and treatment plants.  Categories include Plant of the Year, Collection System of the Year, Public Education Program of the Year as well as awards of individual professionals in various vocations. The program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements within the water environment field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the field, and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.

Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs are eligible to compete statewide. Congratulations to the nominees to the 2014 awards program for their diligent work to keep California’s water clean and workforce strong. Application materials for the 2015 awards cycle will be posted on in July.

CWEA officers are available to make a presentation to CWEA award recipients at agency board or City Council meetings.  Please contact Victoria Rawson  at [email protected] or (510) 382-7800 x 113.

Photos by Eddie Salinas, City of San Diego. Thank you Eddie!

CWEA 2014 Awards Winners

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With water on a limited supply, San Diegans have made conservation a way of life. “When you look at the fact our city’s water is down double digits from 2007 levels, that’s good news” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. On Tuesday, Faulconer will head to Sacramento to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown and the state water board.

“Part of my message I’m going to bring to Sacramento is, we are going to continue our conservation but when you look at what we’re doing on recycled water and what we can be doing for pure water we need to receive our fair share of state dollars and expedite the permit process to get this plant online sooner” said Faulconer.

Before heading to Sacramento, Faulconer took a tour of the San Diego demonstration project “Pure Water” which turns recycled water into drinking water.

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We’re looking forward to seeing you next week at CWEA’s 2015 Annual Conference. Before you go, read the helpful tips below so that you can make the most of your time in San Diego.

  • San Diego Weather – We anticipate warm weather, but be sure to pack a light jacket as the temperature in the meeting rooms fluctuates.
  • Conference BadgesPick up your badge early at the Ice Breaker reception on Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. You will need your badge to get into the Exhibit Hall and the technical sessions. The registration desk at the Town & County Resort and Convention Center is located in the Atlas Foyer.  Registration hours are listed below:
    • Tuesday, 4/28: Pre-Conference Registration Only from 7:30AM – 3:00PM.
    • Wednesday, 4/29 & Thursday, 4/30: from 7:00AM – 5:00PM.
    • Friday, 5/1: 7:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Free Wifi – Yes, we have free wifi for conference attendees to use in the Atlas and Pacific Foyer. You will be able to connect and complete your session surveys with ease by using the free wifi. Please check your registration packets for more information.
  • New Free Mobile AppDownload the Guidebook App today to plan your week and stay connected to the social buzz surrounding the event. You can help us improve our event by completing a session survey located under each session description on the app.
  • Opening General Session – Where will we get the water we need? Imagine a future where every Californian and visitor to California understands and values our water, thus ensuring a sustainable future. Join us on April 29th at 9:00AM as we discuss Crafting Water for California’s future.
  • Pre-Conference Workshops & Technical Tours – Get started on your education before the conference begins by attending one of our five pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, April 28th. Tour 2, Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant is sold out, but seats are still available for the four remaining tours. Register today to secure your spot!
  • Exhibit Hall – Learn from experts about the latest in water and wastewater technology, equipment and services.
Wednesday, 4/29 Exhibit Hours: 2:00 – 6:30PM

Reception FREE: 4:30 – 6:30PM

Exhibitor Reception
Ops Challenge
Thursday, 4/30 Exhibit Hours: 12:00 – 6:00PM

Reception FREE: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Ops Challenge
Free Lunch
Exhibitor Reception
  • Outdoor Activities – Don’t miss our golf tournament on Tuesday, April 28th at the Riverwalk Golf Course located adjacent to the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. How about joining the Sludge Trudge 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, April 30th at the Mission Valley Area? Sign-up today.
  • Networking Events – The 2015 Annual Conference is the best time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. Be sure to add these events to your schedule.
    • Tuesday, 4/28 at 6:00PM – Icebreaker Reception
    • Wednesday, 4/29 at 4:30PM – Exhibitor Reception
    • Thursday,4/30 at Noon – Ops Challenge
    • Friday, 5/1: 9:30 – 11:30AM- SYP Career Fair and Networking Event. Network with leading firms, agencies and the next generation of water environment professionals.
  • Parking
    • Hotel Guests: $6.00 per day
    • Local Guests: $2.00 per hour, not to exceed $6.00 per day.

It’s not too late to register for CWEA’s 2015 Annual Conference. 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. Register Online Today!

  • Stay connected to all the latest information by visiting
  • Download the FREE Mobile “Guidebook” app to stay connected with the social buzz surrounding the event.
  • Start learning before the conference begins and sign-up for one of the five Pre-conference workshops covering the following topics;
    • Managing A Large Collection System
    • Professional Development and Employee Engagement
    • Emotional Intelligence the Key to Successful Leadership
    • Corrosion Control, Odor Control & Inspection Technology for Force Mains
    • Train the Trainer
  • Choose from two and a half days of interactive and dynamicTechnical Sessions and earn up to 28.2 CWEA contact hours for the entire conference. Earn up to 17.2 Contact Hours (water and distribution) and 4.6 State Water Resource (SWRCB) CEUs wastewater operator and water treatment and distribution for Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st.
  • 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 (Tour 2 is Sold Out).
  • Network with leading firms, agencies and the next generation of water environment professionals at the CWEA SYP Career Fair and Networking Event located in the Pacific Foyer on May 1st from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. All conference attendees are welcome to join us in our inaugural CWEA SYP Career Fair and Networking Event! Special thanks to the 2015 Career Fair supporters: Brown & Caldwell, CH2M HILL, Dudek, Lee & Ro, Orange County Sanitation District, RMC Water and Environment, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and Skanska. For more information please visit, the