Meet a 5S Golden Shoveller: Arvind Akela

Members in the News

Arvind  Akela, P.E.
Silicon Valley Clean Water, CWEA Vice President 
5S 2016 

2016 5S Recipients, Arvind Akela (2nd from left) receiving their shovels and buckets in Santa Clara, CA
Other recipients: Chuck Greely, Rashi Gupta, Eric Hansen (not pictured), Mickey Hulstrom (not pictured), Steve Jepsen (not pictured), Ian Mackenzie, Vivien Malig, Garry Parker, Sergio Ramirez, John Simonetti, Brian Villacorta


Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers  (5S Society) is an esteemed group of people in the wastewater field and I feel very proud to be part of it. Every CWEA event I walk into; I make sure I have shovel with me and is well displayed. It gives me a sense of belonging and confidence. It is very common at the CWEA events when I get asked about the shovel in a way that it feels like it is some sort of “prize” or “award”, but to me, it is an honor, a recognition for the volunteer work I have done for CWEA over a decade. I encourage every volunteer who meets the 5S criteria to earn a shovel.  In my mind, every dedicated volunteer should have a shovel. The good news is, it is very easy to earn after you have put in the hard work of volunteering.

Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers  (5S Society) recognizes individuals active in protecting the water environment through participation in Local, State, and/or Federal sponsored activities. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 1, 2020. Please consider nominating your peers who have or are contributing to the advancement of the wastewater profession.  This is not a self-nominating award.  Your peers count on you to recognize their achievements and nominate them. Nominate your peers today.