Water Reclamation Plant & Collection System Awards

The Districts have been recognized by a number of organizations in the wastewater field.

The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) is a not-for-profit association of 9,000-plus professionals in the wastewater industry, and is a state member association of the Water Environment Federation. CWEA trains and certifies wastewater professionals, disseminates technical information, and promotes sound policies to benefit society through protection and enhancement of our water environment. CWEA operates at the state level and through 17 geographical local sections. The Districts belong to the Los Angeles Basin Section (LABS). CWEA awards recognize outstanding professional achievements within the wastewater field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields, and stimulate public awareness of the importance of treatment to public health and the water environment.

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) was founded in 1955 for the principal purpose of serving the public by improving the practice, elevating the standards, and advancing public recognition of environmental engineering. It is dedicated to excellence in the practice of environmental engineering through a specialty certification program for qualified environmenal engineers and environmental scientists. The Academy is also an active participant in the accreditation of environmental engineering curricula. Through this process, the Academy ensures that educational standards are responsive to the needs of the professional and that tomorrow's engineers will meet the needs of the profession. The Excellence in Environmental Engineering® Competition exists to identify and award the best of today's environmental engineering. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of distinguished experts and based on a holistic environmental perspective, innovation, proven performance and customer satisfaction, and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA, formally the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies or AMSA), established in 1970, is a national organization representing the interests of the country's wastewater treatment agencies. NACWA members represent the majority of the population in the United States served by sewers, and collectively treats and reclaims more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater each day.

In addition to its important development of environmental legislation and scientifically-based environmental policy, NACWA administers the Peak Performance Awards Program that recognizes member agencies for excellence in wastewater treatment. All NACWA member agencies with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitted wastewater treatment facilities providing at least advanced primary level treatment (with a 301(h) variance) or secondary treatment, are eligible to submit facilities for award consideration.

A treatment facility is eligible for the Gold award if it has no numeric NPDES effluent violations during a year, and for the Silver award if it has five or fewer numeric effluent violations during a year. In addition, a facility with five consecutive years of the Gold award is eligible for the Platinum award.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CLEAN WATER AGENCIES PEAK PERFORMANCE AWARDS (2005-Present)

Platinum

Gold

Silver

JWPCP, 2013

Los Coyotes WRP, 2013

Pomona WRP, 2013
Long Beach WRP, 2013 San Jose Creek East WRP, 2013

San Jose Creek East WRP, 2011

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2013 Saugus WRP, 2013

Los Coyotes WRP, 2010

Valencia WRP, 2013 Los Coyotes WRP, 2012

Saugus WRP, 2009

Whittier Narrows WRP, 2013 Pomona WRP, 2012 Los Coyotes WRP, 2008
JWPCP, 2012 San Jose Creek East WRP, 2012 Pomona WRP, 2008
Long Beach WRP, 2012 Saugus WRP, 2012

Saugus WRP, 2008

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2012 Whittier Narrows WRP, 2012

Whittier Narrows WRP, 2008

Valencia WRP, 2012

Los Coyotes WRP, 2011

Pomona WRP, 2007

JWPCP, 2011

Pomona WRP, 2011

Los Coyotes WRP, 2006

Long Beach WRP, 2011

Saugus WRP, 2011

Pomona WRP, 2006

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2011

Whittier Narrows, WRP 2011

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2006

Valencia WRP, 2011

San Jose Creek East WRP, 2010

Saugus WRP, 2006

JWPCP, 2010

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2010

Valencia WRP, 2006

Long Beach WRP, 2010

Pomona WRP, 2010

Whittier Narrows WRP, 2006

JWPCP, 2010

Saugus WRP, 2010

Long Beach WRP, 2005

JWPCP, 2009

Valencia WRP, 2010

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2005

JWPCP, 2008

Whittier Narrows WRP, 2010

Saugus WRP, 2005

JWPCP, 2007

Long Beach WRP, 2009

Whittier Narrows WRP, 2005

JWPCP, 2006

Los Coyotes WRP, 2009

San Jose Creek East WRP, 2009

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2009

Pomona WRP, 2009

Valencia WRP, 2009

Whittier Narrows WRP, 2009

Long Beach WRP, 2008

San Jose Creek East WRP, 2008

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2008

Valencia WRP, 2008

Long Beach WRP, 2007

Los Coyotes WRP, 2007

San Jose Creek West WRP, 2007

Saugus WRP, 2007

Valencia WRP, 2007

Whittier Narrows WRP, 2007

Long Beach WRP, 2006

Los Coyotes WRP, 2005


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RECOGNITIONS IN THE WASTEWATER FIELD FROM VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS (2002-Present)

  • Collection System of the Year (Large Organization) from LABs of CWEA, 2014.

  • Team Collaboration Award (Long Beach Pumping Plant) from LABs of CWEA, 2014.

  • Recycled Water Agency of the Year (Large Organization) from California Section of the WateReuse Association, 2013.

  • Environmental Champion Award for the Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility from the U.S. EPA, Pacific Southwest Region, 2013.

  • Grand Prize - Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award (Planning) for The Clearwater Program - Beyond Tunnel Vision from AAEES, 2013.

  • National Water and Energy Conservation Award for Palmdale Agricultural Site from the Irrigation Association, 2012.

  • Grand Prize - Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award (Operations/Management) for Innovative Energy Management Proves That It Pays To Be Green from AAEE, 2012.

  • National Environmental Achievement Award (Public Information and Education – Printed Publication) for Wrongville/Rightville from NACWA, 2010.

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year (Los Coyotes) from LABs of CWEA, 2010.

  • Louis J. Alexander Award recipient for the successful partnership with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California and Sanitation Districts' efforts to provide recycled water for Los Angeles County from the United States Congress, 2009.

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Safety Award (Large Organization) from CWEA, 2009.  

  • Certificates of Recognition for the successful partnership with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California and Sanitation Districts' efforts to provide recycled water for Los Angeles County from the State of California Senate and Legislature Assembly, 2009.

  • Research Achievement Award for Combining UV and Chlorination for Disinfection of Wastewater Effluents and Recycled Water from CWEA, 2009.

  • Engineering Achievement Award for Antelope Valley Water Reuse from CWEA, 2008.

  • National Environmental Achievement Award (Public Information and Education – Printed Publication) for No Drugs Down the Drain from NACWA, 2008.

  • Engineering Achievement Award for Nitrification/Denitrification at the Los Coyotes Water Reclamation Plant from CWEA, 2007.

  • Research Achievement Award for Sequential Chlorination: An Innovative Approach to Minimize Byproduct Formation and Improve Disinfection Performance from CWEA, 2007.

  • Public Education Award (Large Budget) for The Clearwater Program Public Outreach from CWEA, 2007.

  • Plant of the Year (JWPCP) from CWEA, 2007.

  • Grand Prize - Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award (Operations/Management) for The Power of Innovation - Antelope Valley Green Energy Program from AAEE, 2006.

  • Research Achievement Award for Pilot Plant Testing of the Membrane Biological Reactor Process for the Production of High Quality Reclaimed Effluent from LABs of CWEA, 2005.

  • National Environmental Achievement Award (Research and Technology) for Integrated Nitrogen Removal System Helps Valencia Water Reclamation Plant Meet Stringent Effluent Nitrogen Discharge Limits from NACWA, 2005.

  • National Environmental Achievement Award (Public Information and Education – Educational Programming) for Residual Chloride Source Reduction from NACWA, 2005.

  • Grand Prize - Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award (Research) for Getting the N Out, Integrating Sidestream Treatment for Nitrogen Removal from AAEE, 2004.

  • Public Education Award (Large Budget) for Residential Chloride Source Reduction Project from CWEA, 2004.

  • Research Achievement Award for NDN Process Research at the Valencia Water Reclamation Plant for Nitrification/Denitrification from CWEA, 2003.

  • Engineering Achievement Award for Full Secondary Treatment Facilities at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant from CWEA, 2002.

  • Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Award for Whittier Narrows WRP from Los Angeles Section of American Society of Civil Engineers, 2002

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