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Award program tips
There are over 20 categories for CWEA awards, which honor CWEA members and wastewater professionals in California. The program serves to 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 wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.

Awards are given at the local section level, and then advance to state competition. Winners at the state level are submitted to the Water Environment Federation for competition at the national level. Forms delivered to all committee chairs and local section awards chairs, and are available starting August 1st by contacting CWEA staff at (510) 382-7800.

In order to ensure that your section has a smoothly-run banquet, be sure to:

  • Plan early and contact staff with the date, location, and other meeting information of your banquet.
  • Receive from staff the deadline to get plaques made in time for your banquet.
  • Request a proof of insurance and/or notify staff if you will be playing music (for copyright purposes).
  • Receive confirmation of which Board Officer is attending.
  • Notify staff of any change of officers (for joint awards and installation banquets).

Keep in mind that the timeline for CWEA State Awards is as follows:

  • August 1: Awards forms are posted to the website and sent to the Local Section Leaders.
  • 2nd Friday of January: All state nominations received from Local Sections.
  • 3rd Friday of January: Awards are sent to the state committee chairs for judging.
  • March 15: Deadline for 5S Nominations
  • 3 Weeks prior to Annual Conference: Winners are notified of their status in the awards judging and all CWEA State awards are given at the Friday luncheon of the Annual Conference.
List of Local Section Contacts
Awards Forms
Past Awards

Questions about the Awards Program?
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