“We’re Doing a Great Job Working Together Towards Common Purposes”

Jennifer West

WateReuse California's Jennifer West (right) with Wade Crowfoot (center), Deputy Cabinet Secretary & Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and Chris Calfee (left), Governor’s Office of Planning & Research.

Jennifer West is the Managing Director of WateReuse California and was CWEA’s special guest at our June Board meeting. Jennifer helped our Board build a better understanding of WateReuse issues.

She described the Direct Potable ReUse initiative, SB 918 and SB 322 (water recycling), the creation of an Expert Panel and Advisory Committee. The Expert Panel is charged with developing a report to the legislature about the feasibility of direct potable reuse. A first draft will be submitted to the Legislature by Dec. 2016.

In a separate Q&A, Jennifer shared with us her experiences and how she found herself diving into the State’s toughest water reuse issues during one of the worst droughts on record.

  1. What attracted you to joining the water reuse profession?

    As a child growing up in Sacramento, I remember the drought in the 1970s and lots of talk around the home about what California needed to do differently with its water and how we could conserve and reuse.

    My father was involved in California politics and discussed water policy all the time. I grew up thinking about water from a policy perspective. My father was Deputy Director for Finance and also Deputy Director for the Resource Agency under Governor Ronald Reagan.

  2. What path led you to become Managing Director of WateReuse California?

    I started as a legislative advocate for Inland Empire Utilities Agency working almost solely on reuse issues from 2000 to 2010.

    It was lots of work and very exciting. I loved water reuse issues and picked up more water clients interested in reuse during this time.

    When the WateReuse California managing director position came open I knew it would be a perfect fit.
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Adel Hagekhalil (l) with WEF President Ed McCormick

NACWA’s newly appointed President Adel Hagekhalil provides a wide ranging interview to the LA based publication Planning Report.

Adel is a WEF-CWEA member and  Assistant Director of the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Wastewater Collection Systems Operations and Watershed Protection Division.

He updates Angeleno’s on LA’s “One Water” plan; climate resiliency; and the City’s leadership in developing cutting edge water projects….

LA is on the leading edge of everything, including the infrastructure component of storm-water management. We are implementing projects across the city to capture runoff through a natural treatment system—green infrastructure to infiltrate into the ground.

In LA, we have to use water. We can’t just go without it. The question is: Can we provide alternative sources?

I’m proud of what we have today. The dialogue in LA is now different. People see that water is an essential part of the economy. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the great successes in LA, and particularly the partnerships we’ve made.

Hopefully there will be more public-private partnerships, and also maybe public-public ones—between the city, county, and state. The watershed doesn’t know boundaries. We’re all in it together, and we all have to work together to meet future challenges.

Continue reading Adel’s interview >

The City's Echo Park Lake recently underwent a $45M renovation to improve water quality. The project won the LABS of CWEA Engineering Achievement Award in 2013.

Register now and fine-tune your knowledge, skills and abilities, engage with your fellow water and wastewater colleagues, find solutions to issues during the educational sessions and meet with exhibitors in the exhibition hall including an outdoor show of equipment.

Download the conference Brochure / registration form (PDF) >

Start learning before the conference begins by attending one of two pre-conference workshops on leadership or collection systems. The first NRTC Pre-Conference Workshop will give a good look at the Big 6 of Collection System Maintenance for the introductory collection worker. The second workshop led by Shelly Alcorn, a professional management consultant, will help you build leadership skills by introducing you to concepts from the book Thinking Fast and Slow.

In his book, Thinking Fast and Slow Nobel Prize winning author Daniel Kahneman takes us on a psychological tour of the human mind. Leadership skills may feel like they come from the heart, but they all reside in the head. Come with us as we replicate some of the cool mental puzzles mentioned in the book, highlight some common pitfalls we all fall into as we form and use mental models and learn how to apply a “two-system” approach to the way we think about the future.

Also at NRTC – you can find solutions for issues you and your organization experience during the Drought Summit/Engineering and Recycled Water Session.

NRTC 2015Attend three days of sessions and earn up to 15.6 CWEA contact hours. Sample sessions include:

  • California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program - Christine Sotelo
  • Potable Reuse: California Stays on the Forefront of Recycled Water - Jennifer West, WateRuse California
  • The Utility of the Future is Here Today: Wastewater Agencies Tackle the Drought, Climate Change, and Energy Independence – Bobbi Larson, CASA
  • Office of Operator Certification – Blending the Water  - Annette Caraway, State Water Resources Control Board
  • An Introduction to Aquatic Toxicity Testing: From Permit to Test Method Requirements – Stephen L. Clark, Pacific EcoRisk
  • A New View of Effective Listening – Rich Abreu, Sacramento Area Sewer District
  • How to interview for a job in P3S – Tracy Wyhlidko, City of Redding
  • Drought-driven Wastewater Treatment and Reuse: What will be the Operational Challenges and Opportunities? – Craig Criddle, PhD, P.E., Professor Stanford University
  • How to Prepare for an Environmental Compliance Inspector Certification Exam  - Meg Herston, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Certification Test Review Grades 1-4 – Ralph Stevens, Carmel Area Wastewater District
  • Emergency Bypass Systems – Garett Rehs, Rain for Rent

Free Lunch will be provided inside the exhibition hall where you can learn hands-on about the latest products, services, and materials in our field. And don’t miss the Solutions and Technology Round-Up which will all take place among our exhibitors.

Early bird registration ends August 24. Register today to save $30.

Or download the conference Brochure and PDF registration forms >

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson Street
Room #’s: 206, 209A and 209B
Carson, CA  90745
Earn up to 6.8 CWEA Contact Hours

Friday, September 25, 2015
Fairfield Suisun Sewer District
1010 Chadbourne Road
Fairfield, CA  94534
Earn up to 8 CWEA Contact Hours

Join your colleagues in one or both of the interactive sessions to 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.  Learn how 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 will leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

$40M project involves restoration of major elements of OCSD’s critical wastewater infrastructure.

MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm focused on water and natural resources, announced the award of a contract by the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) to replace an aged and critical element of OCSD’s wastewater infrastructure in Seal Beach, California.

The Seal Beach Pump Station, originally constructed in the 1970s, receives flow from the cities of Seal Beach, Cypress, Rossmoor, and Los Alamitos within the Orange County collection system. The station subsequently transfers all flow (up to 30mgd) to the Sanitation District’s largest treatment facility in Huntington Beach, California – “Surf City USA”. In total, the pump station services about 150,000 residents.

“The Seal Beach Pump Station is currently operating on pumps that are in constant need of maintenance and it does not have adequate backup for system redundancy. Execution of this project in a timely manner is top priority to OCSD,” commented OCSD Project Manager Adam Nazaroff, P.E. “This isn’t just for the people that it serves, but for the benefit of the OCSD maintenance staff. MWH has provided a solid team and I am really excited to go through the design and construction process with them.”

Because of the size and complexity of the pump station, a challenge MWH will have to overcome is its necessity to remain functional throughout construction. The station’s original plan included two pipelines as an insurance policy, though as a result of aging and materials of construction, one has already collapsed. As part of design responsibilities, MWH will complete a new installation to replace the collapsed pipeline as well as repair the pipeline currently in use. [Read more]