CASA Connects Newsletter for July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015
Hyatt Rooms are Going Fast!
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego

With just about 30 days left before CASA’s 60th Annual Conference, the block of guest rooms that we reserved at a special, reduced rate at the Manchester Grand Hyatt have been sold out. Rooms are currently still available at the regular rate. If you haven’t secured your room yet, we encourage you to do so now, as the hotel’s regular rate may increase as we get closer to the conference date.


If you have reserved a room and you will not be needing it, please cancel the reservation by July 28 so another member can receive the special group rate. If you need to cancel after the July 28 cutoff, please contact Debbie Welch.Visit our website for more conference information.


Thank you. We’ll see you soon!

Popular Speaker to Address Future of Water Agencies at CASA Conference

At this year’s annual conference, Tim Moore, President of Risk Sciences, Inc., will take a look at the future of water quality/resource recovery agencies, and share his insights as to why the next few decades may be a great time to be in the wastewater business.
His firm uses intensive stakeholder collaboration to develop cost-effective compliance strategies for municipal, industrial, agricultural and stormwater entities. He has clients in 28 states and has been working on water quality issues, such as salinity management and toxicity, in California for over 25 years.


A popular speaker from past CASA conferences, Mr. Moore describes his job as “part marriage-counselor, part hostage-negotiator, and part crash-test dummy.” Don’t miss Friday’s closing session for this intriguing presentation.

Do We Need Higher Operator Certifications for Potable Reuse?
Is current certification enough for potable reuse?

WateReuse California and the California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA) are developing a white paper exploring a revised or new operator certification program for advanced purified recycled water for potable reuse. As part of this effort, WateReuse is interviewing operators at existing potable reuse facilities to better assess what unique operational issues they face and what range of knowledge is needed for operation of potable reuse facilities.


Currently, operators at agencies producing advanced purified recycled water are mostly certified wastewater treatment operators (Grade V). As the state of California seeks to expand potable reuse for IPR for groundwater, surface water augmentation and eventually direct potable reuse, it’s possible additional certification requirements may be warranted.


Please help us gather information by taking this survey now. Thank you for your participation.

Agency News
Chad Davisson, Ironhouse Sanitary District General Manager

Ironhouse Sanitary District Welcomes new GM


Chad Davisson began his new position as General Manager for Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) on July 13. Chad has over 25 years of wastewater industry experience, most recently as General Manager for the City of Richmond Municipal Sewer District. He looks forward to continuing the great work of ISD, which includes managing wastewater collection and treatment services within the communities of Oakley and Bethel Island, as well as expanding the use of recycled water.



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Mixed Bag
Clean water professionals gathered this week in Rhode Island forNACWA’s Summer Conference & 45th Anniversary Annual Meeting. Anchoring the conference was a dinner gala celebrating the Association’s 45th Anniversary and saying farewell to Ken Kirk, NACWA’s Executive Director. Read more in NACWA’S newsletter…


Date Organization Event Location
Aug. 19-21, 2015 CASA



This August, CASA will celebrate our60th annual conference. Join us as we relive milestones in wastewater history. And as we head down the path of utility of the future, we’ll take a glimpse at what may lie ahead.


San Diego
Sept. 26-30, 2015 Water Environment Foundation (WEF) The Water Environment Foundation’s annual technical conference, WEFTEC.


August 26-August 28, 2015 U.S. Water Alliance


San Francisco
Oct. 28-29, 2015 Stanford University Global Projects Center Public-Private Partnerships for the Water Sector Stanford
Jan. 20-22, 2016 CASA Winter Conference Palm Springs
Feb. 22-24, 2016 CASA Washington, D.C. Conference Washington, D.C.
Aug. 10-12, 2016 CASA Annual Conference Monterey
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