There is a large demand for young professionals in the water sector, and The Effective Water Professional: Leadership, Communication, Management, Finance, and Governance provides readers with all of the materials they need to succeed using proven techniques written by sector leaders. This textbook covers leadership, communication, utility management, utility governance, and finance, as it relates to the water sector and includes class discussion points and numerous examples.

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 >

September 8 — 10, 2015
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento

Early Bird Registration ends August 24, 2015. REGISTER ONLINE.

Registration is now open for the final CWEA 2015 Northern Regional Training Conference. This conference will provide a forum to gain education, engage with your fellow water and wastewater colleagues and find solutions to issues during the educational sessions.


This year’s technical sessions have something for everyone – Collections, Operations and Maintenance, Laboratory, Leadership, P3S, Drought Summit/Engineering & Recycled Water, Electrical and Instrumentation, Engineering and Research and Safety. And be sure to check out the pre-conference workshops: Collections Systems Bootcamp 101 and Leadership Workshop on Tuesday from 9 – 4pm.

We’ve received a request from California WateReuse and the California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA) to survey operators who are involved in the operation of water reuse facilities.

If that’s you – or if you know water reuse operators – please have as many experienced operators as possible take the survey.

Start the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JY5BN5W

Description: WateReuse California (WRCA) and the California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA) are developing a white paper that will identify key components for consideration for a revised or new operator certification program for advanced purified recycled water for potable reuse.

Job categories being surveyed:

  • Upper Management
  • Operations Manager
  • Operator
  • Certified Drinking Water or Wastewater Professional

Share this survey with others >

The preparation of effective bid specifications are critical to project success. This webinar will provide guidelines to help you prepare high quality specifications for trenchless technologies! Both CIPP and manhole rehabilitation specification guidelines will be discussed, as well as the importance of performance based specification. In addition to CIPP and manholes, several other specification guidelines are available from NASSCO including guidelines for Pipe Condition Assessment Using CCTV, Sewer Pipe Cleaning, Smoke Testing, Pipe Bursting Gravity Sewer Mains with HDPE as well as Folded Pipe and Pressure Testing and Grouting.

This webcast is sponsored by NASSCO with support from Avanti and Parson Environmental.

Registration Information:

Register to attend this webcast here.

There will be 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. Log-on information will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the webcast. Included in this email will be information regarding attendance verification, PDH distribution, and procedures to follow during the live event.

Secure your spot today for our upcoming CWEA Technical 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. Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – LAB, ECI, E&I
Friday, June 5, 2015 – CSM, MT

CWEA SASD
10060 Goethe Road
Sacramento, CA  95827
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.

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


Friday, March 27, 2015

CWEA Northern Sacramento Valley Section
Colusa City Hall
Earn 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours

You’ll 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.  You’ll be able 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’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

Treatment Operators Only

The State Water Board is conducting an update of the drinking water treatment job analysis that is the basis for the Water Treatment Operator exams. Your help to ensure SWRCB has an up to date description of the job a Water Treatment Operator performs in California is needed. Responses to this survey will be used to update the Expected Range of Knowledge upon which the exams are based. Please complete the survey to help ensure the exams accurately reflect the job in each grade level.

As part of your questionnaire responses, you must indicate your current water treatment operator grade and make ratings based on the job you perform (i.e., the job that reflects your grade). It is important to capture the differences and commonalities between operator grades. Your information will be kept confidential and will be pooled with data from other Water Treatment Operators of the same grade.

When you complete and submit the survey you can request a certificate of completion for three continuing education contact hours that can be used toward the renewal of your certificate.

Please complete and submit the survey by June 1st, 2015.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWOPERATE.

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

Attention Wastewater Operators:

The State Water Resources Control Board Wastewater Operator Certification Program (WWOCP) is ready to implement the online access to the (OCIS) database.

By March 7, 2015 you should receive a letter providing your Operator Number. Please note your Certificate number is different than your Operator Number. You will need your Operator Number and the last four numbers of your Social Security Number to register.

Once you have received your letter, you will be able to view your electronic file in the Operator Certification Information System Database (OCIS)! Once you have registered with your operator number and establish a password, you will be able to view: your certification and examination information, payment history, wastewater experience, and how many educational points have been assigned.

You will only have access to view the information and will not be able to upload or change information. For more information and instructions on how to navigate the database please access the OCIS User Guide on WWOCP home page under Announcements at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/index.shtml.

The OCIS Database is available at: https://smarts.waterboards.ca.gov/opcert/OperatorLogin.jsf.

If you have any questions regarding Operator Certification, please call (916) 341-5819, select option 7 or via e-mail at wwopcertprogram@waterboards.ca.gov.

Join your colleagues in this interactive session.  There’s still time. Secure your spot today for our upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification. Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, February 19
CWEA San Diego Section
City of Vista
Earn 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours

You’ll 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.  You’ll be able 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’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

Join your colleagues at this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for the upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification.  Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, December 4, 2014
CWEA Tri-Counties Section
Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center
Earn up to 6.6 CWEA Contact Hours

Attendees will 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 will also have the opportunity to 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.  Develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

The State Water Resources Control Board recently published a chart comparing key elements of the 3 certification programs they now oversee:  Drinking Water (Treatment), Drinking Water (Distribution), and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. You can find this informative chart here:

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/docs/ooc_comparison_sheet.pdf

The following information is pulled from The State Water Resources Control Board website:

As of July 1, 2014, the Drinking Water Operator Certification Program transitioned from the California Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Financial Assistance. For additional information regarding this transition, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

The site contains additional information on exam changes and important certification contacts in addition to the information about the reorganization.