Welcome to the Evolution

Game On!

This is a time of great change in the water sector. The workforce is changing through retirements and new hires. The technology is advancing to meet new demands with a goal of greater efficiency and environmental stewardship. California’s clean water professionals will head to the desert in April to “level up” their individual skills to keep pace with the changes our profession is going through. Join us for the Annual Conference (AC) from April 9 – 12, 2019, in Palm Springs to get your “game on.”

AC19 will lead off with seven pre-conference workshops designed to appeal to the diverse vocations and experience levels in our sector. Topics range from specific issues including industrial discharge permit writing and TNI standard implementation to broader subjects such as team development and asset management. The pre-conference workshops will also feature the return of Dr. David Jenkins and his insightful microscopes to help participants advance their understanding of activated sludge microbiology. This class has been in such high demand that Dr. Jenkins will offer a repeat of the course the following day.

Meet the CWEA Leaders Promoting AC19


The keynote presentation by Drew Dudley, a leadership expert and the founder of Day One Leadership, will anchor the proceedings by showing how moments of daily leadership can help everyone to raise their game. He will show how leadership is often a matter of small moments where individuals can have meaningful impacts on their fellow travelers.

Technical Sessions remain the centerpiece of the Annual Conference. AC19 will feature over 35 technical tracks that include over 115 sessions. Featured tracks cover asset management, declining wastewater flows, changing regulations, leadership skill development, nutrient removal and advances in reuse. A special day-long session will show how the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts are evolving to meet today’s challenges.

AC19 will include three technical tours of wastewater/water resource management facilities in the Coachella Valley. Conference participants will also be invited to attend site tours of two cannabis cultivation sites. The legalization of marijuana use in the State of California created a series of new challenges in the water management industry. Tour attendees will learn about wastewater flows generated from and pre-treatment technologies being used at cultivation sites.

Exhibits have always been a key part of CWEA’s Annual Conference. The rapid change of available technologies makes the exhibit hall an essential part of the learning experience at the Conference. The California Water Technology ExhibitionTM will feature over 120 exhibitors and the experience will be enhanced this year with features such as the Innovation Learning Center, mobile tours, conference app based scavenger hunt and more.

All of these conference elements bring many benefits to attendees. However, the most essential benefit provided by AC19 is simply the opportunity to network with your fellow water professionals. This is the best avenue to learn how others are adapting to change in the water environment landscape.

Next April can provide you with the opportunity to level up your own game. Join us in Palm Springs for AC19. Game on!

Connie Leonard
CWEA President
CDM Smith

Brian Peck
AC19 Conference Co-Chair
South Orange County Wastewater Authority

CWEA Sewer Hunt – Journey of a Thousand Pipes

Charge your smartphones and get ready to win fantastic prizes at the CWEA Sewer Hunt – Journey of a Thousand Pipes. All conference attendees who download the conference app are eligible to participate in this year’s scavenger hunt on Wednesday and Thursday in the exhibit hall during exhibit hall hours.

Visit participating Exhibitors, unlock and answer questions to win points all on the app. Accumulate over 1,000 points and you’ll be entered to win the Grand Prize, sponsored by DUDEK. Winners will be announced through the app Thursday afternoon.

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 (inside the exhibit hall)
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 (inside the exhibit hall)

You do not need to be present to win. All you need to join the fun is a smartphone or tablet and the Eventscribe app. App will be available for download in April.

Participation Rules:

The following contest rules apply to the CWEA 2019 Annual Conference Scavenger Hunt, “CWEA Sewer Hunt, Journey of a Thousand Pipes.”

  1. Winner(s) must comply with all of the rules of the Scavenger Hunt (the Contest), including, but not limited to, any restrictions on age and/or residency, and have not committed any fraud or deception in entering the Contest or claiming the Prize.
  2. Contest is only open to attendees of the CWEA Annual Conference 2019 in Palm Springs.
  3. Contest will end and grand prize will be awarded to the person who is drawn from the pool of participants who received over 1,000 points. 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 (inside the exhibit hall) and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 (inside the exhibit hall)
  4. One grand-prize winner will receive the grand prize announced on Thursday, April 11 at 5:3o p.m.
  5. Smaller Prizes will be awarded to individuals selected from a pool of participants who accumulate points in increments of 200.
  6. In consideration of the receipt of the prizes, the winners agree to have the prize shipped to them at the address CWEA has on file unless otherwise informed.
  7. The winners agree to allow CWEA and/or its designees the right to use winner’s name, likeness, portrait, recorded voice and/or biographical material for an unlimited period of time in order to advertise, promote or publicize CWEA and/or the products and services of any of its designees.
  8. CWEA makes no warranties of any kind with respect to the prize, including, but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. CWEA hereby expressly disclaims any and all such warranties.
  9. The winner expressly releases CWEA, and any sponsors of the contest, and their respective officers, directors, agents, parent companies, subsidiaries and employees, from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that he/she may have, or may subsequently acquire, as a result of participating in the contest and/or receipt of the prize.
  10. Employees of CWEA, the Convention Center and Conference Hotel and their immediate family are not eligible.
  11. Vendors of CWEA and Annual Conference exhibitors are not eligible to participate in Contest.
  12. CWEA is not responsible for smartphone/tablet system or internet failure, or other inability of entrants to enter due to technical malfunction. CWEA is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail or for printing errors. No mechanically reproduced or completed entries will be accepted.
  13. Attendees are only eligible to win during the exhibit hall days at the Annual Conference, April 10 and 11.