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 www.MyAC15.org.
  • 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 myac15.com/syp.

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

The Draft Emergency Regulation to implement the urban water conservation called for in the Governor’s April 1, 2015 Executive Order is now available on the State Water Board website.

Two Fact sheets, the Draft Emergency Regulation and a spreadsheet that provides the residential gallons per capita per day (R-GPCD) and proposed water conservation tiers for each urban water supplier can be found at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/emergency_mandatory_regulations.shtml under the “Documents” tab.

Please review the Fact Sheets for information on the draft emergency regulations including the schedule and how to provide input.

Comments on the Draft Regulation are due in writing to Jessica Bean at [email protected] by April 22, 2015.

At last year’s “Re-Inventing Urban Water – Drought Preparedness for the Bay Area” workshop at Stanford University, the California Water Environment Association teamed up with WaterReuse California, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center to recognize the value of new partnerships between water and wastewater agencies, finance opportunities and learn about the technological advances in Direct Potable Reuse to address the drought.  The ReNUWIt Engineering Research Center (Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure) is a National Science Foundation funded by the interdisciplinary, multi-institution research center whose goal is to change the ways in which we manage urban water.

As the drought in California continues, it is becoming even clearer that our water supplies are becoming less reliable.  Bringing these organizations together last year inspired us to go to Sacramento so that regulators and legislators can hear firsthand from acclaimed water leaders and experts the value of new water partnerships for California, technological capabilities of Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) and regulatory opportunities to expand recycled water use as a locally sustainable long term water supply for California. This time, in this unprecedented collaborative partnership that includes water and wastewater associations and agencies throughout California together with DWR and ReNUWIt to explore how our underutilized recycled water supplies can help address the drought, entitled California Drought Summit, Re-Inventing Urban Water, and Potable Reuse.

This full day workshop will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on May 11, 2015 from 8:30AM- 5:30PM. Workshop participants will be provided with an overview of California’s drought forecast, information on Urban Water Recycling for DPR, Regulatory Overview for Recycled Water, and how Texas is using DPR to address their drought. Invited guest include: Senator Robert Hertzberg, Senator Fran Pavley, Senator Bob Wieckowski, and Assembly Member Mark Stone.  Opening remarks will be provided by Senator Robert Hertzberg, California Natural Resources Agency Deputy Secretary for Water Policy, Karla Nemeth, and California Water Foundation Executive Director, Lester Snow. Register Online Today!

The workshop is FREE to attend, but register now, seating is limited.

Workshop Registration Questions? Contact CWEA at 510-382-7800 (Ext 125) or e-mail Sheena Bell.

In January, 2015 at the Sacramento Area Section Annual Awards Banquet, Vickie Caulfield received the 2014 Supervisor of the Year award for the Sacramento Area Section.  It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Vickie Caulfield on March 31st.

On April 20, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., Victoria Caulfield will be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery located at 5810 Midway Road in Dixon, CA, 95620.  Her Celebration of Life will be held on the same date at 11:00 at Valley Church, located at 5063 Maple Road in Vacaville, CA 95687.

These events are open to everyone.  The time allotted by the National Cemetery is very prompt and restricted to 30 minutes, so please allow yourself time for arrival.  Both locations are fairly close to one another, about 10 minutes apart.

Our thoughts are with Vickie’s family at this time.