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Congratulations to all CWEA Award Recipients for your Accomplishments

Post Date:08/31/2017 4:07 PM

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CWEA WATER NEWS Thursday, May 25, 2017

Congratulations to all CWEA Award Recipients for your Accomplishments

The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) announced the winners of its 2016 awards program at its Annual Conference in Palm Springs on April 28.  Congratulations to these agencies and individuals leading the way in the protection and enhancement of our water environment.

Established in 1929, CWEA’s awards program has grown to acknowledge outstanding achievement in more than 20 categories honoring exceptional California water environment professionals, collection systems, and treatment plants.  Categories include Plant of the Year, Collection System of the Year, Public Education Program of the Year, as well as awards of individual professionals in various vocations.  The program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements within the water environment field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the field, and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.

Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs are eligible to compete statewide.  Congratulations to the nominees to the 2016 awards program for their diligent work to keep California’s water clean and workforce strong.

CWEA officers are available to make a presentation to CWEA award recipients at agency board or City Council meetings.  Please contact Victoria Thornton at or (510) 382-7800 x 113.

Gimmicks & Gadgets
The Gimmicks & Gadgets award recognizes innovation and creativity in developing solutions to performing routine tasks or functions in maintenance, operations or construction of wastewater collection systems. 

  • First Place:  Mark Benedetti, Bill Bowers, Lee Sutherland, Glen Bradley, Central Contra Cosa Sanitary District, “Portable Hot Oil Recirculating System”
  • Second Place:  Leonard Pompa, Delta Diablo, “Secondary Fog System Rock Trap Catcher”
  • Third Place:  Kent Carlson, City of Los Angeles, The “Comet” 

Community Engagement & Outreach Person of the Year

The Community Engagement & Outreach Person of the Year recognizes an individual’s achievements in promoting awareness and understanding of water quality issues.

  • Community Engagement & Outreach Person of the Year:  Angela Lowrey, Delta Diablo Angela has 25 years of experience in public engagement and community outreach.  Angela was introduced to the wastewater industry when she joined Delta Diablo in 2009.  Since this time, with limited knowledge about the sector, she has become a trusted and respected spokesperson for the agency and the profession across a diverse range of stakeholders at the local, state and national levels.  

Community Engagement & Outreach Film 

Every three years the Community Engagement & Outreach committee hosts a film festival competition. There are three categories:  Amateur, Semi-Professional and Professional.  The films are based on information and issues relating to the field of wastewater treatment.



Plant of the Year (Small, Medium, Large)

The Plant of the Year award recognizes accomplishments in compliance, innovative practices, cost effectiveness, and superior plant performance in small, medium and large categories.

  • Plant of the Year (Medium):  Delta Diablo Water Resource Recovery Facility Beginning in the collection system, through the wastewater treatment process, and continuing through the recycled water system, Delta Diablo produces superior results in all aspects of operations.  District staff work diligently to maximize resource recovery and to provide excellent service to our customers at rates that are below the average costs for the region.

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