Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 04

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012 – Water Quality Presentations

I spent the morning sitting in on classes presented by the Water Quality Division of the CA-NV Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  The Water Treatment Committee, chaired by Joy Eldridge of Napa, coordinated a series of presentations that focused on removing organic contaminants from water sources in an effort to reduce the …

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Apr 03

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012- The Water Dogs Win It!

Final Score

The Top Ops Final round was played out during the Rock Star Lunch.  The teams making it to the finals were the Smooth Operators from Alameda County Water District, the Ace Apprentices from San Francisco, and the Water Dogs, which was a combined team of Jeff Page from Montara Water and Sanitary District &  Steve …

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Apr 03

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012- CA Regulatory Update

CDPH Logo

Due to limitations in the state budget, Cindy Forbes with CDPH was not able to attend the conference and give her customarily entertaining regulatory update.  Bruce Burton did a wonderful job standing in for Cindy.  He quickly covered five areas.  These include Waterworks Standards,  Stage 2 D/DBP regs, LT1 and LT2 regs, Groundwater Recharge regs, …

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Apr 03

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012- Opening Session

Section Chair Steve Dennis opened the conference by introducing Jamie Williams, Mayor of Santa Clara.  The Mayor welcomed the American Water Works Association to his city and spoke about the important role each of the attendees played in delivering safe water to their customers.  He also bragged about the 49er’s future move to a Stadium …

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Apr 03

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012 – Top Ops Begins!

Top Ops

Like a rapid fire machine gun, Joe Guistino rattled off one question after another as the Section’s Top Operators fired back answers with a high degree of accuracy.  It was impressive to witness the wealth of knowledge on display.  On the rare occasion that the operators were “stumped”, the audience was allowed to take a …

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Apr 02

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012 – Operators Division Meeting

Wow! Talk about energy.  I attended the Operators Division meeting chaired by Bill Cardinal as an observer, and came away having committed to help him move the Division forward.  It is clear that Bill takes his chairmanship seriously and loves what he is doing.  His enthusiasm is contagious. The various committees that make up the …

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Apr 02

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012 – Distribution System Water Quality Committee Meeting

The meeting was chaired by Kathy Lawson of Golden State Water.  The first item discussed was the work being done to update the section’s Distribution System Flushing Manual.  It has not been updated in more than 30 years.  Joe Guistino, the Superintendent of Operations with Coastside County Water District is heading up this project and …

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Apr 01

Live Blogging from the California Nevada Section Conference 2012 – Arrival

I have arrived in Santa Clara for the CA-NV AWWA Spring Conference, Turning Vision Into Action. I am planning to attend committee meetings tomorrow, and will be live blogging throughout the duration of the conference. Check back tomorrow for an update. For now, Joe Kerschner President American Water College