Secure your spot today for our upcoming CWEA Santa Ana River Basin Section Certification Preparation Session 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. Disciplines that will be covered are Collection System Maintenance, Environmental Compliance Inspector, Laboratory Analyst, Mechanical Technologist and Electrical & Instrumentation. Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, June 25, 2015
701 S. Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA  92410
Earn up to 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours Per Day

Join your colleagues in this interactive session 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.

This week the House and Senate Appropriations Committees moved forward with the FY2016 appropriations bills that fund the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs. The bills included steep cuts to both programs that will have severe negative impacts upon funding available for infrastructure investments next year. WEF calls upon members to urge their Members of Congress to fund the CWSRF and DWSRF at full funding levels of $1.45 billion and $1.186 billion, respectively.

Call or email your Member of Congress today by visiting and to look up their contact info with your Zip Code. It’s fast, easy, and critically important.

WEF urges you to convey the following message when you contact your Member of Congress:

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The Water Environment Federation announces the establishment of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new initiative created within WEF to address urban runoff and wet weather issues.

Stormwater is a growing challenge for local and regional entities as infrastructure ages and extreme weather events increase. As an adaptable organization that responds to the needs of our members and the water sector at large, WEF made stormwater a priority and significantly increased its stormwater-related programming, publications, and communications over the past five years.

A 120-member Stormwater Committee; the popular Stormwater Congress—a rapidly growing component of the WEFTEC program and exhibition; multiple books; a bi-monthly global stormwater magazine; and theStormwater Report—an e-newsletter that is distributed to more than 30,000 stormwater professionals each month, are just a few notable examples. As the logical next step, the WEF Stormwater Institute will serve as a center for excellence and innovation to help stormwater professionals apply best-in-class solutions; leverage these existing programs; and provide a home for collaboration among WEF MAs, association partners, foundations, and other parties.

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Use alkalinity profiling in wastewater operations to control biological activity and optimize process control

By Mary Evans and Gary Sober

The Water Environment Federation’s new Operations Challenge laboratory event will determine alkalinity needs to facilitate nitrification. Operators will evaluate alkalinity and ammonia by analyzing a series of samples similar to those observed in water resource recovery facilities.

This event will give operators an understanding of how alkalinity works in the wastewater treatment process to facilitate nitrification, as well as the analytical expertise to perform the tests onsite. This provides the real-time data needed to perform calculations, since these analyses typically are performed in a laboratory that can present a delay in the data.

What is alkalinity?

The alkalinity of water is a measure of its capacity to neutralize acids. It also refers to the buffering capacity, or the capacity to resist a change in pH. For wastewater operations, alkalinity is measured and reported in terms of equivalent calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Alkalinity is commonly measured to a certain pH. For wastewater, the measurement is total alkalinity, which is measured to a pH of 4.5 SU. Even though pH and alkalinity are related, there are distinct differences between these two parameters and how they can affect your facility operations.

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WHAT: Groundwater Replenishment System Initial Expansion Dedication

In 2008, history was made when the Orange County Water District (OCWD) brought 70 million gallons a day (MGD) of new high-quality water to the region through its world renowned Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). As seen on 60 Minutes, the GWRS has been hailed as a solution to drought and a global model for local water reliability.

Following nearly eight years of successful operation, OCWD made the world’s largest project even bigger. This month, a 30-MGD expansion of the GWRS was put into operation and officials will preside over a dedication event to celebrate this accomplishment during one of California’s most severe droughts on record.

With the completion of the expansion, OCWD is bringing 100 MGD of reliable water to Orange County. Total water production of the GWRS is now 103,000 acre-feet per year or enough water for 850,000 people. But, OCWD is not stopping here. It is exploring the feasibility of a final GWRS expansion and will continue to invest in projects that create long-term water reliability for the region.

The GWRS is a joint project of OCWD and the Orange County Sanitation District. It takes highly treated wastewater and purifies it through a three-step process of microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide, resulting in near-distilled quality water. This is the highest quality water in the region!

WHEN:  9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2015

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Elizabeth Allan, Executive Director

Elizabeth Allan, Executive Director

The Executive Director’s Message covers the meetings of CWEA’s State Board of Directors on your behalf after each quarterly Board meeting. This issue highlights the April 27th & May 1st annual business meeting.

The state of our Association is healthy
Our 14-15 President, Simon Watson, updated attendees at our May 1st Annual Business Meeting on the State of the Association. Accomplishments included continuation of incorporating 21st century learning principles into our education events; Annual Conference growth; and beginning strategic planning for our certification program. The Association received a clean annual audit with one departure from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which we anticipated (for treatment of membership dues on a cash basis). All current indicators suggest that overall we are performing at or better than budget year-to-date. Our fiscal year ends June 30th; we’ll report preliminary fiscal year-end results in our Member Value Report (published in October). Our annual audited results are published in the April issue of Wastewater Professional.

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The Stanford GPC’s newest Executive Education program is tailored exclusively for public officials and employees. Co-sponsored by the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX)–the nation’s first non-profit infrastructure exchange dedicated to innovation in infrastructure delivery–the program is designed for public sector officials and employees with responsibility for drinking water supply and treatment, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. It will train participants in the evaluation and implementation of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to ensure the greatest value-for-money for their jurisdictions’ and utilities’ ratepayers.

The two-day Executive Education program will be held on campus at Stanford University on October 28th and 29th, 2015 and will consist of modules taught by Stanford faculty and panels of practitioners from successfully structured water sector P3s.

Please Note: At this time this pilot course offering is available only for current public-sector leaders, managers, and administrators. We hope to develop additional education offerings in the future that private-sector operators and investors may participate in. To learn more visit