Sara Burke

First Place
 San Francisco Bay Section

Sara Burke is currently the Plant Chemist of the Oro Loma Sanitary District where she has been responsible for the management and planning of the wastewater lab since June of 2009. Sara joined CWEA in the fall of 2003 when she first got into the wastewater analysis line of work, and she has been a member ever since. She currently holds a Grade III Laboratory Analyst Certification and a Grade I Environmental Compliance Inspector Certification. Sara joined the CWEA Bay Section/Santa Clara Valley Section lab committee shortly after starting in the field and volunteered to be the co-chair in 2007. She became an active member of the state Lab Committee around 2009 becoming the Vice Chair from the north from 2014-2017 and serving as Chair of the Committee from 2017-2019. Sara has remained an active and valuable member of the state committee since her leadership role ended.


The Laboratory committee recognizes significant participation in Wastewater Analysis, Education and Planning within a Wastewater Laboratory, along with 10 years of membership in CWEA. The nominee for this award must promote pride and safety in the workplace, teamwork, education and the promotion of professionalism in the wastewater laboratory field.

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