Victor Valley  Wastewater Reclamation Authority will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the Omnivore™ system, which will help the authority become 90% to 100% energy neutral by 2015.  The Omnivore system will use biogas to produce energy by codigesting both solids and food waste. Several high-strength waste-streams — such as fats, oils, and grease (FOG); restaurant wastes; and dairy/food processing wastes — are being evaluated for potential introduction into the digester. Read more about what VVWRA has in store for 2015 in this WEF Highlights article.

Wednesday, September 10
1:00 pm 2:30 pm EDT
Cost: $0.00
Register here.

In this final installment of the Force Main Condition Assessment Webcast Series, speakers from the first two webcasts are invited back for a “virtual” panel discussion to illustrate lessons they learned when conducting condition assessments on force mains. The panelists will be using their webcams during the discussion period.

MWH Global, the global wet infrastructure sector leader and provider of strategic consulting, environmental engineering and construction services announced the expansion of the firm’s Southern California practice. The addition of vice presidents Joe Lauria and John Hanula provides increased expertise on a variety of water and wastewater issues for municipalities and companies operating in the region, further strengthening the MWH position as a leader in the area.

Joe Lauria Joins MWH as Vice President and Area Manager of Orange County Operation

Joe Lauria has joined the firm as Vice President, and Area Manager – Municipal Water/Wastewater, for the Orange County Market, based in the Irvine, California office. Lauria brings more than 30 years of experience in the municipal water and wastewater business. The majority of those years were spent with Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. (MPI) in locations throughout the U.S. The last thirteen years have been focused in California.  In his new role, Lauria will be responsible for directing, planning and coordinating the MWH business development and growth strategy in Orange County and other portions of the Southern Los Angeles Basin area. [Read more]

From Casey Fitzgerald, P3S Awards Co-Chair

Do you know an industrial user that should be recognized for their efforts and performance in process wastewater pretreatment technology, material recycling, waste minimization, pollution prevention practices or stormwater runoff control programs? Here is your chance to provide them the recognition they deserve.

Currently, the CWEA Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater Committee is in the process of soliciting nominations for the 2014 Facility of the Year Awards. These FOTY Awards are intended to recognize industrial user sites for their outstanding and innovative solutions in multimedia waste management.

Please review the criteria section listed in the nomination package to determine the industrial users in your service area that you believe qualify to be nominated. Additionally, the P3S Committee encourages you to share this package with all other colleagues at your agency who may wish to submit a nomination. The enclosed nomination package is generic and is not intended to be a limiting factor. Be sure to include all supplemental materials and information which will assist the FOTY Awards Subcommittees in the proper review of your nomination.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, September 16th 2:00-3:00 pm EDT targeted at water sector professionals that focuses on the coordination that occurs between water utilities and their public health partners during investigation of and response to possible water contamination. The webinar will:

· Provide an overview of potential sources of water contamination
· Cover the relationship of contaminant types and potential utility and public health data signals
· Describe methods for improving communication and coordination with public health partners.

This webinar is not pre-approved for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits, however, documentation will be provided for attendees to pursue CEUs through their state accrediting board.

To register for the webinar, please visit: Download the flyer here.