So many individuals—both volunteers and staff—
worked hard to make this a great Conference
for Association and Section.
Charles W. Wulff Jr.
Charles W. Wulff, Jr.
Operations & Maintenance
Manufacturer’s Associate Council
Workforce Development Council
Standing Committee Chairs
Water For People
Looking Back, and
By Phillip Holderness, 2010-11 Chair, CA-NV AWWA,
Kern County Water Agency
The recent Spring Conference of the
California-Nevada Section of the
American Water Works Association
was truly a new experience for us as a
Section. Sharing facilities with the Association’s
Membrane Technology Conference &
Exposition offered many challenges, and
with those challenges came opportunities
to learn new and exciting things that we will
take with us into the future. It forced us to
work outside of our established comfort zone
and experience growth as an organization.
Coordination between event planning staff
from both the Association and the Section
seemed a little like having two chefs in the
kitchen. Suddenly forced to think differently
about how we conduct our Conference and
needing to work closely with each other,
we both gained insights from one another.
While we are still evaluating what worked
well and what we can do better in the future,
the benefits that come out this type of cooperative
venture are meaningful.
Credit must be given to Dr. Robert Cheng,
Deputy General Manager for Operations
at the Long Beach Water Department, for
having the vision and being the driving
force to co-locate these two conferences
in Long Beach. It was a pleasure meeting
him at the conference. Let me also add my
congratulations to the Long Beach Water
Department and to its General Manager
Kevin L. Wattier in recognition of its 100
years of success. Through its volunteer
efforts, the Long Beach Water Department
supports both the Association and Section,
and we thank them for this.
So many individuals—both volunteers and
staff—worked hard to make this a great
Conference for Association and Section. It
takes a tremendous group of people to hold
an event like this. We are very grateful for
the Local Arrangements Committee, especially
those from the Southern California
Water Utilities Association and the Long
Beach Water Department, who worked
so hard behind the scenes to make it an
enjoyable experience for attendees.
Congratulations, also, to Water For People
for organizing a very successful mixer. It was
a great evening at the aquarium, and nearly
$13,000 was raised for this great cause.
During this Conference, we launched the
Section’s online training program—H2O
Know. Please visit our website to learn
more about this exciting training platform.
In addition to the 60+ one-hour courses in
water technology and safety, the Section is
developing other online courses, such as
Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Grades 1 &
2, which will be added this summer.
Also be looking this summer for an
enhancement to our certification programs.
Computer-based testing for Water Distribution,
Water Treatment, Water Quality Laboratory
Analyst, and Water Use Efficiency
exams will be available at testing sites in 16
cities in California and two cities in Nevada.
This offers much more scheduling flexibility
for the applicant and provides results imm-
ediately after examination, including an
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