Steve Cano

Costa Mesa Sanitary District
First Place
 Santa Ana River Basin Section

Steve Cano is the Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent with Costa Mesa Sanitary District since 2010. He holds a CWEA Grade 4 in Collections, CWEA Grade 1 Environmental Compliance, is NASSCO certified, also holds D2 and T1 State certified in distribution and treatment.
He is actively involved in his local Collections Committee, currently serving as the President for SARBS, and Secretary for the CWEA Collections Systems Committee.
He started his career with the City of Montclair in 2002 as the Environmental Compliance Inspector and lead man of the Sewer Division. While with Montclair, Steve continued on with his education and earned an associates and bachelor degrees in public administration.
He enjoys volunteering his time and meeting with high school and college students that are interested in our industry and also giving back to his agency and community. Steve also enjoys working with CMSD and their great team to strive for our mission.


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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