David Chacon

First Place
 Santa Ana River Basin Section

David began working for Dana Point Sanitary back in 1979. His primary functions were cleaning sewer lines with the Vactor or Rodder and checking the problem areas manholes and four lift stations. In 1999, Dana Point Sanitary, Capistrano Beach Sanitary, and South Coast merged to become South Coast Water District. David was made a Lead Operator and trained new employees on jetting procedures and acquiring their Class B license. In his new role, he also took on enforcement of the District’s No-Spill Policy. In 2002, when certification came into effect, David passed his Wastewater Collection 1 and eventually his Wastewater Collection 3. David now serves as the CCTV Operator, videoing SCWD sewer lines and making recommendations for Full-length lining and Spot repairs. Even with 43 years of service David comes to work every day thinking how he can help the district be more efficient.


The CWEA Quarter Century Recognition Program recognizes water professionals for their commitment to improving the quality of life and the protection of the environment. CWEA Quarter Century Recognition Program honorees have dedicated their careers in a challenging and most vital profession, the water environment field. These essential professionals who have spent countless hours improving our water environment include: Operators; Collection System, Maintenance, Laboratory, and Environmental Compliance personnel; Engineers; and Administrators.

CWEA Quarter Century honorees will be presented with a certificate recognizing their achievement and a lapel pin they can proudly wear identifying them as members of this elite group of professionals.

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