By Ed O’Brien, The Covello Group

The sun is once again shining on the Golden State.  Spring has sprung, and temperatures are heating up.  The improving weather is a welcome change for our wastewater collection systems and treatment plants, many of which experienced flows not seen in a decade or more.  Thanks to proper maintenance over the years, planning and implementation of improvements to our facilities, and continuous training and rigorous certification of our wastewater professionals, the Bay Area facilities performed exceptionally when pushed near their limits.  Thank you to all in involved in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of our facilities.

Recognition of Award Winners at CWEA’s Annual Conference

The hard work and effort put forth by many of our members was recognized at CWEA’s annual awards banquet in April.  The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) was awarded “Large Plant of the Year” and “Safety Plant of the Year Large.”  Delta Diablo was awarded “Medium Plant of the Year.”  The City of Hayward was awarded “Engineering Achievement of the Year.”  One of my favorite awards, “Gimmick/Gadget of the Year,” was earned by Mark Benedetti with the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) for his gadget that preheats and cleans oil used in their secondary clarifier recirculation pump.

As we know, public relations and education are important functions of our member agencies.  Community engagement and outreach helps inform rate payers of what shouldn’t go down the drain which helps protect our industry professionals our facilities and the Bay while helping explain what we do and the costs involved.  Delta Diablo’s Angela Lowrey was awarded “Community Engagement & Outreach: Person of the Year” and the Ironhouse Sanitary District was awarded “Community Engagement & Outreach: Project of the Year Small Budget (Under $20,000).”

The SFBS nearly swept the Film Festival Awards this year.  Delta Diablo won the amateur division and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission won the profession division for Public Education video of the year.  The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) won both the amateur and the semi-professional division for training video of the year.  Central San also won photo of the year.

In additional to annual awards, the SFBS also had a number of members recognized for their long-term commitment and dedication to our industry.  James Kemp with Silicon Valley Clean Water, Lenny Rather with the Oro Loma Sanitary District and Bruce Dobey with the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District were recognized with the “CWEA Quarter Century Awards.”  The “Collection Systems Ambassadors Golden Manhole” was awarded to Gordon Times with the West County Wastewater District, Dennis Lambert with the Rodeo Sanitary District and Cleveland Porter with the City of Antioch.  The “5S Golden Shovel Awards” were bestowed upon Christopher Brown and Larry Olivan, both from Oro Loma.  Thank you all for your professionalism and dedication the CWEA and the wastewater industry.

SFBS Member Appreciation Event – A’s Game and Tailgate Party on June 16th

The SFBS would like to thank all our members.  As a reminder, we will be having our Member Appreciation Event on June 16 with an evening at the A’s ballpark.  Join us for tailgating before the game, enjoy the A’s vs Yankees and stay after the game for the fireworks show.  It promises to be a wonderful night out.  You can find the flyer here.  We hope to see you there.

Back to the weather.  Not only did we survive the relentless rains this winter, the SFBS truly shined in the Golden State.  As we dry out and recover, I know our members will maintain their focus and diligence to protect our facilities and the environment.  Thanks again.  Have a wonderful summer.

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