September 2016 – Presidents Message

akela-arvind6069_headshotGreetings to all San Francisco Bay Section (SFBS) members of CWEA!

SFBS continues to perform excellent work in providing great training events for CWEA members in the past month.  In this monthly newsletter, I am going to highlight a few past events as well as some upcoming events. Lastly, I want to remind everyone about Awards Nominations – due at the end of October! We want to recognize our members’ efforts for the year. Details follow below and are found on the CWEA website. 

Collection System Technologies Vendor Faircoll-vendor-fair-img_6203:  The Collection System Committee organized its biennial event 6th Vendor Fair earlier this month, held on September 15th at Union Sanitary District, and it was once again a great success. This vendor sponsored event was free for all attendees and was designed to give back to the vendors who support CWEA community and wastewater industry. 22 vendors participated in this year’s Vendor Fair with a total of 205 registered attendees.  The event also featured three dynamic speakers who presented on SSO Defensible Estimation, Dog Awareness/Animal Behavior and Confined Space Awareness. The next Vendor Fair will occur in 2018. Great job, Collection Committee and thanks to all the sponsors!

bud-img_6211San Francisco Bay Section /Redwood Empire Section Joint Dinner Meeting: There was a great turnout, over 100 participants, for a joint dinner meeting with the San Francisco Bay and Redwood Empire Sections held September 15th. The event included a tour of the Budweiser Brewery in Fairfield, including taste testing, dinner and a presentation on Budweiser’s renewable energy and water conservation efforts.  The Fairfield brewery has quickly become Budweiser’s “greenest” breweries with a 7-acre solar array and two wind turbines. On average, the brewery sources approximately 30 percent of its electricity needs from alternative energy.  In addition, the brewery includes a bio-energy recovery system (BERS), recycling and water conservation efforts. Thanks to the RES for organizing the event and to Budweiser for hosting us.

ELAP Seminar: On August 24th, lab committees of San Francisco Bay, Redwood Empire and Santa Clara Sections co-hosted a seminar on ELAP: Where is It Going and What Will This Mean for the Lab Community? held at Hs. Lordships in Berkeley.   There were 70 attendees at this event making it the largest showing for a SFBS Lab Committee event yet this year. Congratulations to all the volunteers for organizing a successful event.

October Monthly Dinner Meeting: Please join us at our next monthly dinner meeting scheduled for October 6th in Pleasant Hill featuring a presentation by Cal/OSHA on safety compliance covering regulatory updates and interpretation with special emphasis on common violations, emphasis programs, confined spaces, lock-out-tag-out (LOTO) and proposed regulations. Please see the attached flyer or the SFBS website for more details.

Reminder for Annual Award Nominations: Our 2016 annual award nominations are in full force and I believe everyone who has worked hard and made a difference in our wastewater community deserves recognition. Please help recognize the efforts and successes of your work by submitting a nomination. In an effort to simplify the process, CWEA has switched to an on-line system. Additional details can be found on CWEA’s webpage.  The deadline to submit the nominations for SFBS is October 31, 2016. Good luck!

I look forward to seeing you in our upcoming local CWEA events. If you want to contact me with any suggestions or feedback, I can be reached at

Best regards,

Arvind Akela

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