William Barnum

First Place
 Los Angeles Basin Section

I am a Supervising Industrial Waste Inspector for L.A. County Sanitation Districts, responsible for overseeing a team of inspectors performing pretreatment-compliance inspections of industrial users. I’ve been with LACSD for 33 years, working in the water-quality laboratory; collection-systems section, implementing sewer-corrosion and sulfide-control programs; treatment-plant monitoring; wastewater reuse; and biosolids management. I have had certification through CWEA in Environmental Compliance Inspector and Biosolids Land Application Management.

While growing up in Southern California, I spent almost all my time around the Palos Verdes Peninsula, surfing, swimming, or diving. I have been fortunate to work in the water-treatment field, in which I get to have a role in protecting our local waterways and beaches by controlling point-source pollutants into our water-reclamation and wastewater-treatment plants.

In my spare time, you can find me either surfing my local beach breaks or volunteering in youth soccer, either managing my daughter’s team or refereeing matches.


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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