- Created in 1927, CWEA is a California nonprofit
public benefit corporation, tax-exempt under section
501(c)3 of the internal Revenue Code and its California
- Approximately 9,100 wastewater professionals are
members of CWEA. Most of CWEA's members (about 80
percent) work for wastewater agencies, both large
and small, throughout the state. About 13 percent
work for consulting engineering firms that work closely
with agencies. And approximately 3 percent work for
equipment manufacturers serving the wastewater industry.
- The key benefit of members if the opportunity for
professional growth and recognition through CWEA's:
- Training events
- annual state-wide conference,
- regional conferences,
- specialty conferences, and
- local section educational events
- Awards programs (local and state-wide)
- E-Bulletin (an electronic member-only
publication offered six times a year)
- The Wastewater Professional (a print
member-only publication offered four times
- Study guides (to assist in gaining certification)
- Certification (a complex set of 23 validated
certifications for wastewater personnel in six
- Collection System Maintenance
- Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance
- Laboratory Analysis
- Biosolids Land Application Management
- Environmental Compliance Inspection
- Industrial Treatment Plant Operations
- CWEA founded the Operator Certification Program
in 1937 and administered it until turning it over
to the State Water Resources Control Board in 1973
as a result of the Clean Water Act. Remained in the
certification field and currently administers a complex
set of 21 validated certifications for wastewater
personnel other than operators.
- CWEA is governed by a volunteer 17-member board
of directors at the state level.
- CWEA has more than 20 standing committees that
provide the volunteer support and technical input
for training events, publications, and certification.
- To provide local training and coordination CWEA
supports 17 local sections, 10 in the CWEA's Northern
Region and seven in the Southern Region. Each local
section is governed by a volunteer board of directors
and meets regularly to provide training, education,
and information to members close to home and work.
- CWEA maintains a central office in Oakland, close
to the Oakland Airport and near Highway 880, with
professional staff skilled in association management.
Staff members help implement the program of work adopted
by the board of directors, provide continuity, support
volunteer leaders and members, and respond to inquiries
form members, business, industry, and the public.
- Revenue for the entire organization is more than
$2 million. CWEA's operating budget at the state level
is approximately $1.4 million.