|CWEA is continually working to serve
its members and the wastewater and water quality industries
in the state of California, nationally, and internationally.
At the very nature of the work that CWEA does is its volunteer
base, without which none of the work of CWEA would be
possible. Together the over 350 active volunteers in California
and 8 professional staff members deliver services in the
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.
The CWEA Board of Directors is made up of 16 volunteers
who are elected by the CWEA membership at the Annual
Business meeting and 1 who is appointed by the CWEA
President. These 17 volunteers work to enable an effective
system of governance for matters relating to the business
of CWEA, provide overall direction and planning for
the future, provide leadership training and mentoring,
and improve the professional status of personnel in
the wastewater industry and related fields.
Contact the CWEA
Board of Directors
CWEA committees work to provide the wastewater industry
and the general public with up-to-date technical information
and training related to the water quality field. Committees
enable CWEA to produce and maintain conference programs,
technical articles for CWEA's publications, a professionally
sound awards program, and a validated certification
Learn about each
CWEA manages several conference and training styles
to reach every profession and person in the wastewater
industry including annual, regional, and specialty or
vocation-focused conferences, joint conferences with
other associations interested in water quality, and
local section and committee training events.
out about Conferences in the works
CWEA has divided the state into 17 geographical Local
Sections to accommodate its members' needs across the
state in a local format. Local Sections provide a multitude
of services for wastewater professions in their geographical
area such as training events, exhibits, awards programs,
newsletters, website information, networking opportunities,
and certification preparation assistance.
about Local Sections
CWEA is a membership association, which means that its
primary focus is to serve the needs of its members -
wastewater professionals in California. To ensure that
these needs are being met, CWEA works to provide training,
certification, opportunities for professional networking
and growth, and recognition. CWEA also contacts members
with information about the association and through membership
Interested in joining
CWEA has several publications for its members and all
wastewater professionals. These include:
- Wastewater Professional
- On-line Directory
- Study Guides and Instructor Guides
Interested in purchasing a book
CWEA has developed a voluntary certification program
that is continually validated. The program consists
of development and implementation of exams and renewal
processes for 6 vocations in the wastewater profession.
More information about certification
The Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship provides annual scholarships
for members and their immediate family attending a
college, university, community college, or technical
and pursuing a course of study related to the Water
Environment Field. It is awarded to applicants who are
selected by the Scholarship Committee.
in applying for a scholarship?
Water Environment Federation (WEF)
CWEA works as a part of the international organization
of the Water Environment Federation, as well as with
other associations interested in preserving water quality.
As our National association, WEF provides a national
perspective on wastewater issues of concern to our members.