City of Chandler
The City of Chandler, Arizona – a progressive, cutting-edge City where entrepreneurial spirit and hometown traditions create a truly dynamic destination. Chandler delivers exceptional amenities and diverse cultural facilities amid a world-class innovation hub. Careful management of water has allowed the City to prosper in a desert setting. Each day, City of Chandler Water Quality Specialists perform up to 100 tests on the drinking water its citizens receive at their home or business. These tests ensure that their water meets every health and safety standard set by the state and federal government.
Water Quality Superintendent
City of Glendale
In 2015, the city of Glendale Water Services Department celebrated its centennial, marking 100 years of providing safe, reliable, high quality water and wastewater services to the community. Although Glendale has changed significantly over the last century, one thing remains constant—the city’s commitment to providing exceptional water and wastewater services. Today Glendale operates four water treatment plants and two water reclamation facilities and provides water and wastewater services to more than 230,000 people.
City of Peoria
The City of Peoria Public Works - Utilities Department activities touch the lives of Peoria citizens every day. The Public Works - Utilities Department is comprised of a team of technical and administrative personnel dedicated to providing excellent service. The Water Resources division’s purpose is to ensure a sustainable water supply for Peoria residents and businesses, now and in the future. Due to the regulatory need to reduce groundwater mining, Peoria has converted to renewable water resources for the majority of its water supply. This division is responsible for coordinating and acquiring water rights, planning for the cost-effective acquisition and/or development of additional supplies, obtaining and maintaining the city's Designation of Assured Water Supply, and maintaining regulatory compliance with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) water management rules.
In November 2007, the City Council adopted the “Principles of Sound Water Management” --- a compendium of 17 policies that cover topics ranging from regulatory compliance to water conservation to land use water management to drought planning. The "Principles" act as an over-arching policy guide for the city's water future, and are unique among Arizona municipal providers. Two key Peoria water resource principles are: (1) the pursuit of water reclamation, both direct reuse and recharge, to conserve drinking water supplies, and (2) recharge groundwater with unused renewable water supplies and implement strategies to recover those renewable water supplies when needed.
Ancillary to optimizing their water supplies, The Water Resources Division is also responsible for complying with drinking water rules for their potable water system, Arizona Pollutant Dischatge Elimination System (AZPDES) permits and State of Arizona Aquifer Protection Permits for three reclamation facilities, and more.
Robert A. Hollander, P. E.
Environmental Resources Manager
City of Phoenix
The City of Phoenix Water Services Department is responsible for Phoenix's water and wastewater programs. The water program provides a safe and adequate domestic water supply to all residents in the water service area. The wastewater program assists in providing a clean, healthy environment through the effective management and treatment of wastewater. The City of Phoenix provides drinking water to more than 1.5 million people within its 540 square-mile service area. On average, about 95 percent of Phoenix's water comes from surface water (lakes and rivers) and the remaining water comes from groundwater (wells). Each May, the city distributes and posts to the web a Water Quality Report that contains important information about the quality of its water. Phoenix is committed to providing the highest quality drinking water and service to its customers.
Laboratory Services Superintendent
City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale Water has been providing quality drinking water and advanced reclamation services to Scottsdale businesses and residents for over 40 years. In 2014, Scottsdale Water delivered an average of 67 million gallons of water a day to its customers. Its service area covers 185 square miles with over 88,000 active water accounts, about 90 percent of which are residential accounts, and approximately 80,000 active sewer accounts. Scottsdale Water has a long history of thinking and acting strategically with its water resources.
They were the first Arizona water utility to implement indirect potable reuse with the Advanced Water Treatment (AWT) facility located at the award-winning Water Campus. The AWT is one of the largest and most sophisticated indirect potable reuse facilities in the world and has been an industry leader since the facility began operation in 1998 as a zero discharge facility.
Scottsdale’s reclamation system has approximately 1,400 miles of sewer collection lines and over 40 lift stations. Through extensive and innovative groundwater recharge practices, a diverse water supply portfolio, and a commitment to promoting conservation, Scottsdale Water is ensuring safe, reliable drinking water for its customers now and in the future.
Regulatory Compliance Manager
City of Surprise
The Water Resource Management Department of the City of Surprise includes management of water and wastewater utilities, water-related capital improvement projects, as well as oversight of the Environmental Division focused on regulatory compliance and planning for its water future. There are 13 drinking water service providers within the Surprise special planning areas.
The Surprise Wastewater System protects the health and environment of its residents and meets strict federal and state water quality requirements. Currently, Surprise owns and operates the majority of the wastewater infrastructure within its incorporated boundaries. Surprise converts raw sewage into its final form of Class A+ quality reclaimed water through biological treatment, filtering and disinfection. The wastewater is regularly monitored to ensure that it meets state and federal regulations for direct reuse and recharge. After undergoing treatment, the reclaimed water flows through pumping stations where it is sent to various end users to be reused.
The majority of Surprise's reclaimed water is used for agricultural irrigation, groundwater recharge, landscape irrigation and dust control. On average, approximately 7.3 million gallons per day are reused or recharged.
City of Tempe
The Environmental Services Section of the Water Utilities Division of the City of Tempe is responsible for compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Aquifer Protection Permits, existing National Pollution Discharge Elimination Permits (NPDES) and the Arizona Pollution Discharge Elimination Permits (AZPDES) requirements for operation of the sanitary sewer, stormwater, water production, and wastewater treatment/discharge, Arizona Department of Health Services(ADHS) licensed laboratory.
The five programs within the Environmental Division are Backflow Prevention, Pretreatment, Regulatory Compliance, Stormwater, and the Water Quality Laboratory. Its purpose is to provide a safe and healthy quality of life for its customers by enabling the skills and talents of its employees to: provide clean, safe drinking water; collect and safely treat wastewater; create and maintain a sustainable environment; maintain competitive user rates; and, provide a superior level of customer service. They do this through the combined efforts of 150 diverse and dedicated water, environmental and administrative professionals that serve Tempe on a continuous basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
City of Yuma
The goal, and highest priority to the City of Yuma’s customers, is to take all necessary actions to ensure the delivery of a reliable water supply of the highest quality at reasonable and equitable costs. As part of accomplishing its goal, they commit to working cooperatively with others on projects of mutual public benefit to achieve the greatest possible efficiency and effectiveness. Their Treatment Division manages the City’s drinking water production and wastewater treatment. This division also ensures compliance with EPA’s Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and biosolids regulations via Industrial Pretreatment, Cross Connection Control and the Environmental Laboratory.
The Utility Department’s Treatment Division includes water and wastewater treatment, industrial discharge pretreatment, cross-connection control and laboratory services.
Cortaro Water Users Association
he Cortaro Water Users Association acts as the Agent for the Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District, which serves the agricultural irrigation needs of the Marana, Avra Valley and Cortaro communities. The District owns approximately 65 miles of pipelines and concrete canals, providing irrigated water to more than 12,000 acres of farmland.
The District also offers water storage and non-potable service within its service area. Originally created to protect valuable water resources, the District continues a long-standing tradition of providing irrigated water to area farmlands, in addition to water storage and non-potable water to various regions of the northern Marana area.
The District works closely with other governmental agencies, including Pima Association of Governments, City of Tucson, the Bureau of Land Management and other organizations, including the Arizona Municipal Power Users’ Association and the Colorado River Water Users’ Association. The District is committed to achieving maximum yield while following strict water conservation and protection guidelines.
Fountain Hills Sanitary District
The Fountain Hills Sanitary District is a governmental entity separate from the Town of Fountain Hills. The District’s sole purpose is to collect, treat, and dispose of wastewater and its byproducts within the Town of Fountain Hills and a very small portion of the City of Scottsdale. The District operates in accordance with Title 48 of the Arizona Revised Statutes and is governed by an elected five-person board of directors. The District was established in 1969 and constructed its first wastewater treatment facility in 1974.
Today, the District operates a 2.9 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility, 18 raw wastewater pump stations, over 200 miles of sewer lines, and an advanced water treatment facility. The District provides sewer service to over 13,000 residential connections, 300 commercial connections, and reclaimed water for irrigation to three golf courses and three town parks. The District employs a staff of 41
Gust Rosenfeld, P. L. C.
Gust Rosenfeld is a full service law firm established in 1921 with offices in Phoenix, Wickenburg and Tucson. The firm is known for the quality of its lawyers and legal advice, as well as its creative insights and practical solutions in business, public and civil law.
Gust Rosenfeld is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, business and corporate law, commercial finance, education law, environmental law, franchises and franchising, insurance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, natural resources, health care law, public finance, public law, real estate, taxation, and trusts and estates.
Salt River Project
SRP, located in the southwestern United States, has more than 100 years of experience in water resource management and power generation in the Sonoran Desert. SRP operates a system of seven storage dams and 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) of canals and laterals, delivering more than 1 million acre feet of water annually to municipalities and irrigators. As the nation's oldest multipurpose water reclamation project, SRP operates and maintains an irrigation system that typically delivers more than 325 billion gallons of water to municipal, industrial, agricultural and urban irrigation systems each year.
SRP works with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to address known pollution problems through special projects. SRP also collaborates with the City of Phoenix and other communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area to implement water conservation measures and programs to monitor and protect water quality.
One of SRP's most important water management programs is water quality monitoring. It provides information about patterns and trends in SRP surface and groundwater quality and also about potential pollution sources. SRP monitors the rivers within the watershed, as well as the canals and groundwater wells within its water service area.
Supervisor, Environmental Field Services
Association of California Water Agencies
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California. ACWA’s mission is to assist its members in promoting the development, management and reasonable beneficial use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost in an environmentally balanced manner.
In fulfilling its role, ACWA identifies issues of concern to the water industry and the public it serves; accumulates and communicates the best available scientific and technical information to the public and policy makers; facilitates consensus building; develops reasonable goals and objectives for water resources management; advocates sound legislation; promotes local service agencies as the most efficient means of providing water service; provides additional services of value to its members; and fosters cooperation among all interest groups concerned with stewardship of the state’s water resources.
Coachella Valley Water District
Coachella Valley Water District
Coachella Valley Water District, located primarily in eastern Riverside County, was formed in 1918 to protect and conserve local water sources. CVWD is now a multifaceted agency that delivers irrigation and domestic (drinking) water, collects and recycles wastewater, provides regional storm water protection, replenishes the groundwater basin and promotes water conservation.
CVWD provides drinking water to approximately 108,000 accounts. All of the drinking water comes from a vast groundwater supply. Imported water from the California State Water Project and Colorado River is used for agricultural and golf course irrigation and groundwater replenishment.
Director of Environmental Services
Eastern Municipal Water District
The Eastern Municipal Water District was organized as a Municipal Water District in 1950 for the primary purpose of importing Colorado River water to its service area in order to augment local water supplies. Its primary water supplier is the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, which provides up to 75% of its water supply. As a Municipal Water District operating under state law, the publicly elected Board of Directors is legally responsible for its organization and performance. The Board hires the General Manager to carry out its executive functions to oversee operations.
The mission of EMWD is to deliver value to its customers and the communities they serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services. In order to do so the District has identified four primary product and service categories including potable (drinking quality) water, wastewater collection and treatment, recycled water/conservation, and water, wastewater, and recycled connections.
951-928-3777 x 4347
Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District
Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (LGVSD) is located in the Las Gallinas Valley between central San Rafael and Novato. In 1955, their original wastewater treatment plant was constructed to address health problems associated with failing septic tanks in Santa Venetia. New development in north San Rafael resulted in annexation of Terra Linda in 1956, followed by other areas including San Rafael Meadows, Marinwood, Lucas Valley and other communities. Major plant expansions were built in 1958, 1972 and 1984. The latter increased capacity to 2.92 million gallons per day.
Today, LGVSD serves 32,000 customers in the northern San Rafael area and manages approximately 105 miles of collection lines. Boundaries of the facility span approximately 383 acres. In addition to the treatment plant, other aspects of LGVSD include solar generation, a garbage franchise encompassing all areas within the District excluding the City of San Rafael customers, and a multi-faceted reclamation project which includes a freshwater marsh, irrigated pastures, storage ponds and saltwater marsh – all of which are home to area wildlife, and provide access and recreation for the public.
415-472-1734 ext. 11
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a regional wholesaler that delivers water to 26 member public agencies – 14 cities, 11 municipal water districts, one county water authority – which in turn provides water to more than 19 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. Metropolitan is governed by a 37-member board of directors who represent their respective member agencies ensuring each member agency is part of the governance of Metropolitan.
To supply the more than 300 cities and unincorporated areas in Southern California with reliable and safe water, Metropolitan owns and operates an extensive water system including the Colorado River Aqueduct, 16 hydroelectric facilities, nine reservoirs, 819 miles of large-scale pipes and five water treatment plants. Four of these treatment plants are among the 10 largest plants in the world. In fact, Metropolitan is the largest distributor of treated drinking water in the United States. The District imports water from the Feather River in Northern California and the Colorado River to supplement local supplies. It also helps its member agencies develop water recycling, storage and other local resource programs to provide additional supplies and conservation programs to reduce regional demands.
Metropolitan currently delivers an average of 1.7 billion gallons of water per day to a 5,200-square-mile service area.
Special Projects Manager
Rancho California Water District
Rancho California Water District (RCWD/the District) is a local, independent “Special District,” organized on August 16, 1965, operating pursuant to the California Water District Law, Division 13 of the California Water Code. Because a wide range of general and special acts exist in state law, water special districts are governed by a large number of distinct statutory authorizations, which allows the District to provide designated water services.
RCWD’s seven-member governing body, the Board of Directors, is directly elected by the voters for a fixed term of four years and are responsible for setting policy and decision-making. Legally a “political subdivision of the state”, RCWD operates in an open and public environment. The District’s responsible fiscal management and planning provide the financial means to ensure reliable water and wastewater system operations.
From its inception in a one-room building to its present facility, RCWD continues to plan for and meet the ever-changing water needs of a growing and diverse community. Conserving and managing the area’s unique water resources are essential to the continued viability of the community. RCWD’s implementation of an Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), a roadmap for long-term resource planning, examines all possible supply-side and demand-side management opportunities to meet its customers’ needs in an economical and sustainable manner. The IRP addresses issues such as imported water supply availability, system capacity constraints, rising imported water costs, water quality issues, and recycled water.
Jeffrey D. Armstrong
Salton Sea Authority
The Salton Sea Authority is a joint powers agency chartered by the State of California by a Joint Powers Agreement on June 2, 1993 for the purpose of ensuring the beneficial uses of the Salton Sea. The Authority is comprised of the following cooperating agencies: the Coachella Valley Water District, the Imperial Irrigation District, Riverside County, Imperial County and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. A number of federal, state, and tribal agencies are ex-officio members of the Authority
The Authority was formed to work with California state agencies, federal agencies, and the Republic of Mexico to develop programs that would continue beneficial use of the Salton Sea. In the agreement, "beneficial use" includes the primary purpose of the Sea as a depository for agricultural drainage, storm water and wastewater flows; for protection of endangered species, fisheries and waterfowl; and for recreational purposes.
A Technical Advisory Committee, composed of an individual from each of the four member agencies, provides technical and administrative advice and support to both the Board of Directors and the Authority staff.
The Salton Sea Authority is continuing to gather all known data, reports, maps, and suggestions for improving the Salton Sea. The Authority also is taking concrete steps to recover the values of the Sea through a strategy that revitalizes the local economy as the means to stimulate a healthy, sustainable environment.
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) is a joint powers authority comprised of five member agencies: Eastern Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Orange County Water District, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, and Western Municipal Water District.
SAWPA is located in Riverside, approximately in the geographic center of the watershed. The population in the Santa Ana River Watershed is one of the fastest-growing regions in the State. SAWPA has grown in capability to become one of California’s leading regional water agencies. The watershed, and the State as a whole, are facing many challenges in ensuring that there is sufficient, high-quality water for the ever-growing population of the region. SAWPA works with planners, water experts, design and construction engineers, and other government agencies to identify issues and solutions, and then uses innovation to resolve many water-related problems.
SAWPA works with legislators to ensure that there are useful laws on water resources, with funding sources to ensure that necessary projects can be completed; with planners to ensure that there is enough water in the future; with regulators to ensure that the water is safe and clean, and with all other stakeholders, including the concerned public, to build collaborative, regional solutions to meet the area’s water needs.
Sweetwater Authority is a publicly-owned water agency with policies and procedures established by a seven-member Board of Directors. Five directors are elected by the citizens of the South Bay Irrigation District, and two directors are appointed by the Mayor of National City, subject to City Council confirmation.
Under the Irrigation District Law of the State of California (Division 11 of the water Code), Sweetwater Authority was established when the South Bay Irrigation District and the City of National City amended and re-adopted a joint-powers agreement (JPA) in 1977. Subsequently, several amendments have been added to the original document.
Since 1977 Sweetwater Authority has provided safe, reliable water service to approximately 191,500 people in a service area that covers a 32-square mile area that includes National City, Bonita, and the western and central portions of Chula Vista, California. Delivered to customers via 388 miles of pipeline, water is procured from four sources: (1) deep freshwater wells located in National City (2) capture of local runoff in the Sweetwater River with subsequent storage at Loveland Reservoir in Alpine, and Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley (3) San Diego Formation Wells in the lower Sweetwater River basin, and (4) purchase of imported water delivered by the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District. Revenues are obtained entirely from water sales, fees for service, and returns on investments. The agency receives no tax revenues.
West Valley Water District
West Valley Water District currently provides drinking water to customers in portions of Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Bloomington, and portions of the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County, and a portion of the city of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County.
West Valley Water District's mission is to provide a reliable, safe drinking water supply to meet their customers' present and future needs at a reasonable cost and to promote water-use efficiency and conservation.
West Valley Water District has five treatment plants, 360 miles of pipeline, 25 reservoirs, 23 wells, 20,000 service connections, and they serve drinking water to 66,000 residents in four cities and two counties.
Yucaipa Valley Water District
he Yucaipa Valley Water District provides a variety of services to its customers and the community. In addition to providing typical water and sewer services, the Yucaipa Valley Water District also is involved in several activities that result in the protection and management of natural resources.
The Yucaipa Valley Water District provides: drinking water service to a population of over 50,000 from approximately 12,000 service connections; sewer service to approximately 10,000 service connections; recycled water services to golf courses, schools, parks and other landscaped areas near existing recycled water facilities. The District also operates a 15-mile extension of the Santa Ana Regional Interceptor used to transport salt solutions out of the Santa Ana Watershed. This facility is to manage the accumulation of salts in our groundwater supplies.
The first and most logical step to ensuring quality water at the tap is to eliminate contaminations from entering the source. The Yucaipa Valley Water District's watershed protection extends to the far reaches of their service area and involves the protection and management of approximately 630 acres of undeveloped property within its watershed. The Yucaipa Valley Water District encompasses an active service area of approximately 40 square miles. Its sphere of influence, which will resemble our ultimate service area, is approximately 68 square miles.
Centennial Water and Sanitation District
Centennial Water & Sanitation District is the water and wastewater provider in Highlands Ranch. Centennial Water provides high quality water through the state-of-the-art Joseph B. Blake Water Treatment Plant located in Highlands Ranch. Wastewater is also treated at the Marcy Gulch Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet stringent water quality standards before it is discharged.
Centennial Water strives to ensure that their water resources are used wisely. Centennial Water’s strategy is to optimize the use of surface water. Over the past 25 years 90 percent of the water supplied has come from renewable river supplies.
Highlands Ranch residents are fortunate to have two water supply sources — the South Platte River to the west, and a massive aquifer underlying its region. Centennial can combine supplies from both sources to optimize the reliability, quality and cost-effectiveness of water. This joint use of renewable water with its vast underground aquifer allows Centennial Water to operate a true conjunctive use system. As a result, aquifers have been annually recharged for more than 10 years.
Regulatory and Compliance Coordinator
City of Pueblo
The mission of the City of Pueblo’s Wastewater Department is to collect and reclaim waste water in a manner that is protective of public health and the environment. This is done by: collecting sanitary sewage from residences, businesses, and industries; conveying sewage to the Wastewater Treatment Facility safely and efficiently; treating sewage to levels specified by federal and state law; and, disposing of residual materials in compliance with legal requirements.
Their objectives are to: discharge only nontoxic effluent that meets standards protective of public health and the environment; maintain and develop firm treatment and collection-system capacity to meet the ongoing needs of community development and the changing requirements of environmental law; meet all legal requirements in a continuous, cost-effective manner; recycle or dispose of treatment process residuals, meet solids stabilization requirements, and limit odor problems; and, upgrade employee training and skill levels in all aspects of treatment, maintenance, laboratory analysis, and safety, including cross-training between disciplines to achieve greater efficiency
Colorado River Water Conservation District
The Colorado River Water Conservation District (River District) is a public water policy agency chartered by the Colorado General Assembly in 1937 to be “the appropriate agency for the conservation, use and development of the water resources of the Colorado River and its principal tributaries in Colorado.” They are the principal water policy and planning agency for the Colorado River Basin within the State of Colorado and provide legal, technical, and political representation regarding Colorado River issues for their constituents.
Their district is comprised of 15 West Slope counties in which a majority of the Colorado River Basin in the State of Colorado exists. The River District covers approximately 29,000 square miles, roughly 28% of the land area of Colorado.
Their mission is to lead in the protection, conservation, use, and development of the water resources of the Colorado River basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the Colorado River to which the state is entitled.
Water Resources Specialist
Colorado Springs Utilities
In 2013, Colorado Springs Utilities water system served an estimated 458,716 people, including Colorado Springs residents, as well as customers living in the Ute Pass communities west of the city, military bases and other suburban areas outside the city limits. The system delivered 21.6 billion gallons of potable water. When fully developed, potable and non-potable water resources will provide firm yield of about 152,000 acre-feet.
The system has sufficient water supply to meet the growing needs of the area until approximately 2040 under present population and per capita demand projections, assuming retention of all present water resource entitlements and timely development of necessary additional facilities including the Southern Delivery System, which is set to being delivering water to Colorado Springs Utilities customers and project partner communities in 2016.
The community’s water supply system is designed and operated to withstand recurring cycles of drought through a complex network of storage reservoirs, water delivery systems and related water infrastructure. They rely more heavily on storage to meet customer demands during periods of drought when water system inflows are below average.
Permitting Services Supervisor
Littleton. Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant is the third largest publicly owned treatment works in the state of Colorado. The plant receives sewage from the cities of Englewood and Littleton, as well as from 19 connector districts within the 75 square mile service area of the cities. The plant is a large, advanced treatment plant required to exceed secondary treatment requirements by removing ammonia and nitrate from wastewater.
The Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant is committed to the safe, regulatory compliant, economical and aesthetic operations of the treatment facility and to foster the public’s continued enjoyment and recreational uses of the South Platte River. Their Management Objectives are odor control, cost optimization, worker health and safety, discharge permit compliance, and sustainability.
Dan DeLaughter, P. E.
Environmental Compliance Manager
Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District is the wastewater treatment authority for much of metropolitan Denver and parts of northern Colorado. They are a large, stand-alone special district formed by the Colorado legislature as the Metropolitan Denver Sewage Disposal District No. 1 in 1961 to provide wastewater transmission and treatment services to member municipalities and special connectors in compliance with federal, state and local laws. Construction of their first facility, Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility, and 50 miles of interceptor sewer lines began in 1964. The plant began operating in 1966. In 1990 their name changed to Metro Wastewater Reclamation District.
Metro Wastewater Reclamation District is committed to protecting the environment and providing for the community's future needs. They serve approximately 1.8 million people across a 715-square mile service area including Denver, Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Lakewood, Thornton and Westminster. They collect about 130 million gallons of wastewater per day from neighborhood sewer lines and remove more than 95 percent of the pollutants before discharging it into the South Platte River. They make wastewater suitable for agriculture, aquatic life, industrial use, water supply and recreation.
Metro’s mission is to provide wastewater transmission and treatment services to Metro District ratepayers in an efficient, cost-effective manner while continuing to meet all statutory and regulatory requirements. They have been recognized through many different awards and certifications including the: Gold Award, EPA Award, and National Biosolids Partnership Certification.
Governmental Affairs Officer
Northern Water is a public agency created in 1937 to contract with the federal government to build the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. The C-BT provides supplemental water to more than 640,000 acres of irrigated farm and ranch land and about 895,000 people in Northeastern Colorado.
Northern Water and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation jointly operate and maintain the C-BT, which collects water on the West Slope and delivers it through a 13-mile tunnel beneath Rocky Mountain National Park to portions of eight Northeastern Colorado counties. In addition to operating and maintaining the C-BT, Northern Water collects, distributes and monitors weather and water quality data, tracks streamflows and reservoir levels, and provides water resource planning and water conservation information.
Public Information Officer
Plum Creek Water Reclamation Authority
PCWRA is a biological nutrient removal process with a permitted capacity of 6.44 million gallons a day. The employ a unique group of people working together. For instance, their Administration Department is involved in asset management and capital replacement, in working to ensure all capital and general funds are invested safely in a diverse portfolio, and is instrumental in providing accurate information to their auditors.
The PCWRA laboratory is a full service wastewater laboratory whose mission is to analyze the components of the wastewater at various states of the treatment process in order to optimize the treatment quality. Further, the PXWRA team-oriented maintenance staff provides a continuous effort to troubleshoot, repair, maintain, and improve their facility.
Finally, PCWRA’’s industrial pretreatment program is required to prevent commercial and industrial wastewater discharges from adversely affecting the municipal wastewater collection system, biosolids, PCWRA’s water quality and/or its workers.
Assistant Authority Manager
City of Henderson Department of Utility Services
The Department of Utility Services is responsible for all facets of water, wastewater, and reclaimed water services for the City of Henderson. The Department provides treatment and distribution of drinking water, collection and reclamation of wastewater, laboratory testing services, utility infrastructure planning and management, and customer care and billing services.
Their mission is to provide vital water and wastewater services to their citizens while protecting the environment, health and prosperity of their community. They provide high quality potable drinking water, which meets or exceeds all federal and state water quality requirements. The City maintains more than 1,200 miles of water pipelines, and more than 920 miles of sewer pipelines. The Department’s water quality laboratory collects water samples from their treatment plans every day, and conducts hundreds of tests every month.
Environmental Program Manager
City of Las Vegas Public Works Department
The Public Works Department plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains city public use facilities, roadway and traffic network, wastewater and stormwater management systems and regulates private development. The Public Works Department is responsible for managing all facets of wastewater treatment for the city of Las Vegas, to meet and exceed state and federal requirements for the safe return of water to the Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead. This is done at three city facilities: the Water Pollution Control Facility, the Bonanza Mojave Water Resource Center and the Durango Hills Water Resource Center.
Environmental Division Manager
Southern Nevada Water Authority
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a cooperative, not-for-profit agency formed in 1991 to address Southern Nevada’s unique water needs on a regional basis. SNWA official are charged with managing the region’s water resources and providing for Las Vegas Valley residents’ and businesses’ present and future water needs.
SNWA is governed by a seven-member agency comprised of representatives from each of its member organizations. These member agencies are: Big Bend Water District, Boulder City, Clark County Water Reclamation, Henderson, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Valley Water District, North Las Vegas. Since 1991, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has developed and implemented one of the most progressive and comprehensive water conservation programs in the nation.
Conservation efforts in the Las Vegas Valley have helped the community reduce its per capita water use by more than 40 percent between 2002 and 2014, even as the population increased by more than 500,000 residents during that time. As part of its water resource planning efforts, SNWA uses population forecasts prepared by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to project water demands 50 years into the future, which allows Southern Nevada’s regional water provider to pair the water resources necessary with the projected water demands. This ensures the SNWA's water resource strategies will meet the community’s water needs for the next half-century.
SNWA's Water Resource Plan provides a comprehensive overview of the water resources and demands in Southern Nevada and describes the agency’s approach to forecasting and managing water demands and meeting long-term resource needs, including during times of declared shortages. In addition, SNWA formed the Integrated Resource Planning Advisory Committee(IRPAC) to help guide future water resource planning for Southern Nevada by evaluating SNWA's resource development and management, facilities, funding, planning, conservation and water quality.
David L. Johnson
Deputy General Manager for Engineering/Operations
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (Water Authority) provides water and wastewater services to the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area. With an annual operating budget of more than $170 million, it is the largest water utility in New Mexico. A political subdivision of the state, the Water Authority is governed by an eight-member Governing Board.
The Water Authority has: 600+ employees; 200,000+ customer accounts, representing some 606,780 water users; 3,000+ miles of water supply pipeline; 2,400+ miles of sewer collector pipeline; and, $5 billion+ in assets. The Water Supply and Operations Goal is to provide a reliable, safe, affordable, and sustainable water supply by transitioning to renewable supplies and minimizing long term environmental impacts on the community and natural resources while ensuring the ability of the community to grow in a responsible manner.
The Wastewater Collection and Operations Goal is to provide reliable, safe and affordable wastewater collection, treatment and reuse systems to protect the health of the Middle Rio Grande Valley by safeguarding the regional watershed, minimizing environmental impacts, and returning quality water to the Rio Grande for downstream users.
John M. Stomp, P. E. III
Chief Operating Officer
City of Las Cruces Utilities
Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) operates as a non-profit organization governed by the Utilities Board of Commissioners (Board) that establishes strategic policy. LCU provides utility services to approximately 100,000 residents and businesses within its service territory. LCU is solely funded by rates and charges authorized by the Board. The LCU Director’s responsibility is to manage, operate, plan, and develop all services within its six sections.
The Water Resources Section provides safe and clean drinking water and wastewater treatment services. This Section is divided into five sub-sections: Meter, Valve, and Hydrant; Water Line Maintenance; Water Production; Wastewater Collection; and Wastewater Treatment, consisting of three facilities: East Mesa Water Reclamation Facility, Jacob A. Hands Wastewater Treatment Facility, and the West Mesa Industrial Park Facility.
The Las Cruces Utilities Water Resources Section produces approximately 6.5 billion gallons of clean, safe drinking water annually. The City’s water system pumps its water from two deep aquifers; the Mesilla and Jornada Bolsons. This section maintains 30 wells, 13 storage tanks, 10 booster stations, 30 regulating valves, and more than 600 miles of underground water lines.
Regulatory and Environmental Analyst
City of Rio Rancho Department of Public Works
The Utility Operations Division of the City of Rico Rancho Department of Public Works is organized into three sections: Environmental Programs, Utility Operations, and Utility Systems.
The Environmental Program Section provides rebates for high-efficiency toilets and high-efficiency washers; manages water conservation programs; implements water restrictions and manages water waste complaints; conducts water use audits; manages domestic well program; manages backflow prevention program; and, manages Industrial Pre-treatment program.
Their Utility Operations Section is responsible for reporting and repairing leaks in City right-of-way areas, analyze water quality information, plan and design water, wastewater, or recycled water public improvements projects, maintains and oversees the water, wastewater, and reuse water contracts, and maintains Federal and State permits for the utility Facilities. This section also works with the Utility Commission which works with the public to get their input and concerns about water, wastewater, and recycled water.
The Utility Systems Section is responsible for line location of water and wastewater, as well as approval of water and wastewater service.
Utilities Division Manager
New Mexico Municipal Environmental Quality Association
The New Mexico Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and serving New Mexico’s cities, towns and villages. Its 105 member cities comprise 100% of the State’s municipal population and approximately 68% of its total population. Its largest member has 10,000 times the population of its smallest, yet each member city casts one delegate vote in setting policy and electing officers at the Annual Conference.
Each year the League answers more than 4,000 inquiries from municipal and other government officials, academics, news media, civic and professional groups. Besides using its legal and other professional staff, the League maintains an impressive array of authoritative references, searches the Supreme Court Law Library and State, Library Federal Depository.
Working closely with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation and the National League of Cities, the League upholds municipal interests and helps to shape federal policy regarding cities. On the judicial front, the League participates in key precedent setting cases, either as a party or as friend of the court.
Intergovernmental Relations Director
San Juan Water Commission
he San Juan Water Commission, through a Joint Powers Agreement, was created on March 5, 1986 to protect the use of future and existing water rights and water resources of its member entities. The SJWC’s member entities include the City of Aztec, City of Bloomfield, City of
Farmington, San Juan County, and San Juan County Rural Water Users Association---all of which receive their municipal and industrial water from surface water supplies.
Over 60% of New Mexico surface waters are San Juan River flows. The Colorado River Compact (1922) divided the water between the upper and lower Colorado River Basin states. Later the upper Colorado Basin states divided the upper basin share and New Mexico received 11.25% of the annual upper basin water. Today, approximately 400,000 acre-feet are beneficially applied in New Mexico out of the Juan Juan Basin from an estimated total of 670,000 acre feet available. The 110,000 acre-feet transbasin Rio Grande diversion via the San Juan/Chama Tunnel system and the New Mexico portion of the Animas La-Plata Project.