Bryan Trusssell

First Place
 Los Angeles Basin Section

Bryan Trussell has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Trussell is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California with more than sixteen years of work experience. Bryan began his career by working 9 years with LA Sanitation, bringing invaluable insight and perspective to the many challenges facing today’s utilities. Since joining Trussell Tech, he has worked on several advanced treatment projects including the pilot and bench testing for the Terminal Island Advanced Oxidation Process testing, pilot testing for the advanced wastewater treatment facility at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Facility, and the development of engineering reports for the City of Los Angeles’ Donald C. Tillman’s Groundwater Recharge Project and Upper District’s Indirect Reuse Replenishment project. Mr. Trussell is a co-principal investigator for Water Research Foundation’s Soil Aquifer Treatment Characterization study.


The Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S) is used by water environment associations (i.e., those working with sewage and sewage treatment) to honour those who have made a particular contribution to the industry.

Pennsylvania started the High Hat Society in 1937 and used the words "Sludge Shovelers Society" in its initiation ceremony. Later, this became known as the Ted Moses Sludge Shovelers Society. The second Chapter of the Five S Society was formed in Arizona in October 1940, the idea being conceived by A.W. "Dusty" Miller and F. Carlyle Roberts, Jr. There are chapters in many of the United States and in Canada, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

5S chapters do not accept applications, but select potential members. Each inductee receives a badge in the form of a gold tie bar in the shape of a round-nosed shovel.

5S recognizes individuals active in protecting the water environment through participation in Local, State, and/or Federal sponsored activities. 

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