2024 P3S Conference Call for Proposals


The 51st Annual Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater Conference is taking place February 5-7 in Anaheim. This year’s theme is Igniting the Torch – inspiring up-and-coming water professionals to get that spark to lead our profession into the future. We anticipate 300-400 professionals in attendance.

The P3S Conference Committee is seeking innovative speakers to share their expertise with P3S professionals. The California P3S community develops, runs, and maintains the inspection programs, treatment plants, public outreach campaigns, and spill mitigation programs to address emerging pollutants and ensure environmental health.

If you have an interesting topic, case study, or success story to share, please submit your proposal today. The committee is looking for presentations related to the challenges and topics listed below.

CWEA believes that outcome-centered learning is the best way to support conference participants, as they gain the knowledge and skills they need to do their work. Therefore, we ask presenters to design their technical sessions with engagement and practice in mind. Learn more about the call for proposals on the CWEA website.


Proposals due by September 22, 11:59 p.m.
Late proposals may not be considered.

P3S Hot Topics and Subcategories
Emerging Issues
  • Emerging Pollutants: PFAS, PFOA, PFOS Source Reduction
  • Emerging Pollutants: 6PPD, pesticides, microplastics, microbeads
  • Projects considering environmental justice
  • Responses to climate change and/or the pandemic
  • Effects of pollution on the environment and wildlife
Basic Pretreatment Training
  • Pretreatment 101 – Introduction to the Pretreatment Program
  • P&ID basic training
  • Basic plan reading and HGI/GGI sizing
Source Control Inspector Training
  • Pretreatment inspections and data collection
  • Pretreatment program issues
  • Unique dischargers (cannabis, breweries, wineries, distilleries, biocremation or centralized waste treatment)
  • Chemical and monitoring equipment training
Environmental Compliance Inspector (ECI) Certification Exam Prep
  • Exam prep classes (Grades 1-4) and ECI practice exams
Regulations and Permitting
  • Local limits
  • Permit writing
  • Criminal/enforcement case studies
  • What to expect during an audit
  • Water reuse
  • Enhanced source control
  • Stormwater inspections
  • Stormwater regulatory update
  • Stormwater best practices and case studies
  • Low flow diversions to sewers
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Inspections, Permitting, and Management
  • Trap and software technologies
  • Permitting
  • Restaurant inspections
  • Cleaning techniques
  • Future of FOG regulations
  • Non-traditional restaurants – microenterprise home kitchen operations (MEHKO), food trucks, food carts
  •  Source control 101 for the collection system worker
Leadership, Management, and Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership skills
  • Presentation/speaking skills
  • Supervisor 101
  • Women in P3S