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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/23/2024 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    Observe the San Diego Water Board's Practical Vision for the region

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    Member fee: $25.00
    Non-Member fee: $35.00 

    1.2 Contact Hours towards CWEA Certifications: TBD

     Engage with the San Diego Water Board's regional approach to the Municipal Seperate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit


    Jessica Taylor, PhD

    Water Resource Control Engineer | Stormwater Management Unit

    San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 1.8 contact hours towards CWEA's certifications: TBD

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2024 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    This webinar will cover the role of SCWO to transform waste inputs into usable byproducts.

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    Member fee: $25.00

    Non-Member fee: $35.00 

    1.2 Contact Hours towards CWEA Certifications: TBD

    Reuse water used for irrigation and aquifer recharging is especially beneficial in arid and semi-arid regions, but also in general to reduce dependency on other natural resources. In addition, reuse plays an important role in building sustainability and resilience in design and construction. Often overlooked aspect of recovery in municipal wastewater is water from sludge, which typically contains between 75 to 95% moisture. 

    A private real estate investment firm in Texas is developing a reclaimed industrial site in Houston with a vision of creating a circular and sustainable waste management opportunity within the new development. The goal is to transform wastewater, food waste, and other recyclable wet organic wastes into recoverable and reusable clean water, energy, and nutrients. The technologies being considered for this approach include membrane bioreactor, supercritical water oxidation and ultraviolet light disinfectant. 
    The combination of these technologies’ makeup the treatment scheme for this decentralized water reuse facility, which is being developed in partnership with 374Water, a global social impact, cleantech company that provides unique decentralized water resource recovery facilities. The challenge with a fixed treatment asset is maintaining consistency of wastewater feed. In other words, would the development produce the same or similar volume of waste, with uniform constituents, on a daily basis. 

    One way to overcome this challenge and to maximize the beneficial use of the investment, the facility will employ sewer mining, a process where municipal wastewater from the pipeline, with consent from the City, will be drawn and used as a supplement waste to offset variation in waste generated from the development on a daily basis. Simply put, in order to stabilize the flow and feed characteristics of the waste to be treated, wastewater from the sewer will be drawn at a rate that brings the overall waste to the average treatability volume and quality for each of the technologies being employed. This webinar will cover the role of SCWO to transform waste inputs into usable byproducts.


    Sudhakar Viswanathan

    Vice President

    374Water

    Sudhakar (Sunny) Viswanathan is Vice President at 374Water, a global cleantech, social impact company based in Durham, NC. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, he is a Syracuse University alumnus with nearly 25 years of industry experience including leadership positions at Suez and Veolia; He has authored over 35 technical papers and currently spearheads the commercialization and business development of the Supercritical Water Oxidation technology.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 1.8 contact hours towards CWEA's certifications: TBD

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/13/2024

    Machine Learning is behind many new developments from Google Translate to Netflix movie suggestions. This technique also holds promise for helping water professionals improve the ways treatment facilities are operated and is the subject of many current research projects. This webinar will feature current research in the field and will highlight how this could benefit agencies and operators.

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    CWEA Members: $25.00
    Non-Members: $35.00 

    1.2 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: AWTO

    An introduction to next generation wastewater treatment optimization that incorporates AI and machine learning, Katya Bilyk, PE, Javad Roostaei, PhD, PE, MCS

    Machine Learning holds the potential to provide more consistent treatment performance and higher efficiency by improving process control. The introductory talk to this webinar will present an overview of recent developments in the field.

    Unifying wastewater treatment facility control through reinforcement learning, Henry Croll PE

    Reinforcement learning (RL) stands out among machine learning techniques for its ability to produce better-than-human performance under complex tasks. This presentation will provide attendees key information regarding treatment control optimization scenarios in which a single RL agent controls up to eight independent actions.

    Full Scale Digital Twin with Integrated Hybrid Model Predictive Controller for Ammonia Based Aeration Control, Jeffrey A. Sparks PE

    This work encompasses the full-scale integration of a Digital Twin (DT) with a Hybrid Model Predictive Controller (HMPC) for Ammonia-Based Aeration Control. This is one of the first full-scale DT and HMPC implementations to be used for active control where the DT has a bidirectional live data connection with the control system. The overall intention of the HMPC is to comply with strict effluent Total Inorganic Nitrogen (TIN) objectives for Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) while balancing operational costs, plant capacity, and energy usage.

    Machine Learning-Enhanced Pathogen Removal in Potable Reuse MBRs, Samarth Suresh

    This webinar will delve into advancements in potable reuse, focusing on Membrane Bioreactors (MBRs). MBRs offer a compact design and consistent pathogen removal, but nevertheless would require frequent pathogen monitoring in reuse. Traditional testing for Giardia and Cryptosporidium is cost-intensive and time-consuming. In this USBR-funded research, our project team has developed a machine learning predictive model using cost-effective microbial surrogates to serve as an early alert system. Preliminary results indicate machine learning could out-predict simpler linear methods. The discussed methods would also have broader applicability to E. coli and total coliforms for NPDES compliance


    Katya Bilyk, PE,

    Associate Vice President

    Hazen and Sawyer

    Katya Bilyk is an Associate Vice President at Hazen and Sawyer in Raleigh, NC. She has a BS from Virginia Tech and MS from UNC Chapel Hill. She has 23 years of experience in the industry and focuses on wastewater process design, modeling, and optimization. She also leads Hazen’s Digital Intelligent Water Team, which creates advanced digital solutions that apply machine learning and advanced data analytics to the water industry. 

    Javad Roostaei, PhD, PE, MCS

    Director of Data Science

    Hazen and Sawyer

    Javad is the Director of Data Science at Hazen and Sawyer, bringing 14 years of experience in data science to the role, with a specialization in the water industry. He's an expert in statistics, machine learning, and cloud technologies, and has made significant contributions to the field through his peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. He has also co-founded startups and successfully raised funding for them, earning a couple of patents in the process. Currently, he chairs the AWWA-Information Management and Technology Research Committee and serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Licensed as a Professional Engineer in North Carolina, Javad expertly applies his water industry expertise to his data science work

    Henry Croll PE

    PhD Candidate / Innovation Engineer

    Iowa State University / Stantec

    Henry is an Innovation Engineer in the Office of Innovation & Technology at Stantec. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Minnesota, and is currently a PhD candidate at Iowa State University. His research focus is the application of reinforcement learning to wastewater treatment control optimization. Henry also has experience with water and wastewater treatment system design, particularly in process modeling and the treatment of emerging contaminants.

    Jeffrey A. Sparks PE

    PhD Candidate

    Université Laval

    Jeff is a licensed Professional Engineer with 15 years of experience in design, operations, process control, and utility management. He is a graduate of VMI where he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. Jeff went on to get his master’s degree in environmental engineering from Virginia Tech. After that, Jeff went into consulting and did that until he joined HRSD in 2010. At HRSD, Jeff is currently the Chief of Data Systems and Optimization. He is also currently pursuing his PhD at Université Laval, where his focus is on integrating machine learning into industrial controllers at Water Resource Recovery Facilities. 

    Samarth Suresh

    Water and Wastewater Process Engineer

    Carollo Engineers, Inc

    Samarth Suresh is a Water and Wastewater Process Engineer at Carollo Engineers, Inc at The Water Tower, GA office. He received a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2023) and a Bachelor's from the People’s Education Society, Bangalore, India (2021), he's on the path to earning his Professional Engineers certificate. Samarth's interests span treatment design, hydraulic modeling, application of machine learning for treatment process optimization, and emerging contaminants like PFAS. His diverse project background includes data-driven digital water research, process design, and master planning, where he employs advanced analysis and visualization techniques, leveraging artificial intelligence technologies.

    Irene W. Chu, PE (Moderator)

    Senior Associate

    Hazen and Sawyer

    Irene Chu, Senior associate at Hazen and Sawyer. Irene has 15 years experience in wastewater process treatment optimization and design. She is currently working with plants across the SF Bay to implement nutrient removal. 

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: AWTO

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 18 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Domains 1 - 5

    CWEA Members: $295.00
    Non-Members: $495.00

    13.2 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: CSM 

    This series of videos features all Grade 1: Domains1,2,3,4,5
     
    Videos included in these series 

    Domain 1
    Sub-Domain 1.1: Inspection, cleaning and maintenance of wastewater collection systems utilizing equipment
    Sub-Domain 1.2: Performing and giving assistance with pump station inspections, maintenance, and repair and recording instrument readings
    Sub-Domain 1.3: Inspection and maintenance of easements, some of which may be remote or difficult to access
    Sub-Domain 1.4: Participation in the construction and repair of the wastewater collection system
    Sub-Domain 1.5: Participation in the containment and cleanup of Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs)
    Sub-Domain 1.6: Participation in the safe removal and restoration of concrete and paved surfaces using a wide variety of construction equipment, hand and power tools

    Domain 2
    Sub-Domain 2.1: Completion and maintenance of accurate, legible, and timely records of work performed
    Sub-Domain 2.2: Reading and interpreting collection system maps for operations and maintenance

    Domain 3
    Sub-Domain 3.1: Participation in establishing proper traffic control measures at work sites to protect workers and the public
    Sub-Domain 3.2: Knowledge of all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures
    Sub-Domain 3.3: Application of safety-related tasks related to excavation and trenching
    Sub-Domain 3.4: Participation in confined space entries
    Sub-Domain 3.5: Adhering to safe work practices to mitigate risk related to jobsite hazards
    Sub-Domain 3.6: Responding to public inquiries and service requests in a courteous manner and providing information appropriate to the area of assignment

    Domain 4
    Sub-Domain 4.1: Conducting pre/post trip inspections of vehicles and equipment (including ensuring that hand and power tools are in proper operating condition), and arranging for maintenance when required.
    Sub-Domain 4.2: Performing basic building and grounds maintenance at collection system facilities

    Domain 5
    5.1 Selecting the appropriate formula and completing basic calculations needed for collection systems maintenance

    Harry Bessa

    Lead Wastewater Worker

    City of Huntington Beach

    Harry Bessa currently holds the position of "Lead Wastewater Worker" at the City of Huntington Beach, drawing upon an extensive background of over 24 years in collections. His journey began as an entry-level maintenance worker, where he acquired invaluable collections skills through practical, on-the-job experience. Presently, his role revolves around overseeing Lift Station duties, involving the meticulous planning and supervision of on-site field operations for the city's 27 lift stations. These stations play a pivotal role in pumping millions of gallons of sewage to the Orange County Sanitation District for proper treatment.

    In his leadership capacity, Harry manages a team of skilled workers whose support is instrumental in ensuring operational efficiency. His responsibilities encompass diverse tasks, from resolving mechanical issues to interpreting data sourced from the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). Additionally, he is adept at handling emergency situations such as Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and providing assistance to the public regarding sewer or storm drain-related queries. Harry believes that this career path, while requiring a willingness to get hands dirty, offers an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to environmental protection. He emphasizes that collections, as a profession, has withstood the test of time and remains an indispensable career choice.

    Stephen Miksis

    Operations and Maintenance Consultant and Advisor | Vice President

    SKL Solutions Inc.

    Stephen Miksis has more than 20 years of experience as a contractor and special district O&M  manager in condition assessment, asset management, rehabilitation, and operation of gravity and pressurized pipeline systems and pump stations. He implemented InfoAsset Manager and Mobile (formerly InfoNet Desktop and Mobile) at Ross Valley Sanitary District and used it for asset mapping and inventory, risk assessment, condition assessment and capital improvements  management, work order tracking, and making other data-driven decisions. He is proficient in  cleaning and visual inspection of storm drain and sanitary sewers and selecting and performing  repair and rehabilitation with various methods such as cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), pipe bursting, localized liners, thermoplastic fold and form, cementitious spin coating, and gel grout injection

    Sergio Ramirez

    General Manager

    West Bay Sanitary District

    Mr. Ramirez is the General Manager for West Bay Sanitary District. Through his leadership, the vision and policies of the Board of Directors are carried out by District staff. His experience has grown over 29 years through his work in the private wastewater sector, and as an employee of Castro Valley Sanitary District and the City of Foster City. Mr. Ramirez joined West Bay in 2010. As the General Manager, he oversees district operations, in the areas of project management, operation and maintenance, regulatory compliance, safety, administration, and finance. Mr. Ramirez is active in the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) serving as Chairperson to several association chapters and committees. He serves as Faculty/Instructor for the CWEA Technical Certification Program.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 13.2 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: CSM.  

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, you will need to view each video in the series. Upon completion of the last video in the series, the system will automatically unlock the attention check code for you view. The two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed, and you will need to enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Domain 3: Safety and Customer Service

    This series of videos focuses on Doman 3: Sub-Domains 3.1 - 3.6

    CWEA Members: $155.00
    Non-Members: $235.00

    4.8 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: CSM 

    Grade 3: 
    Sub-Domain 3.1 focuses on establishing proper traffic control measures at work sites to safeguard both workers and the public. It involves defining a clear workspace, prioritizing personal safety and health during traffic control, and implementing appropriate measures, particularly those required during nighttime operations. Workers are trained to identify various traffic control devices and deploy them effectively, alongside setting up temporary traffic control zones while prioritizing public safety. Understanding the correct safety equipment and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) related to traffic control is emphasized.

    In Sub-Domain 3.2, knowledge of regulations, policies, and procedures is vital. Workers must understand the protocol for reporting overflows and spills, the instances requiring high-visibility clothing or devices, safety markings related to sanitary sewers, and the Cal OSHA-mandated Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). They're educated about agency safety policy statements, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), First Aid and CPR, and Worker Right-To-Know laws.

    Sub-Domain 3.3 delves into safety tasks concerning excavation and trenching, necessitating the recognition of color codes for marking underground utilities, conditions mandating shoring, and the impact of soil conditions on trench stability. Knowledge about minimum distances from excavation edges, ladder placement, and various types of shoring equipment is crucial.

    Sub-Domain 3.4 involves participation in confined space entries. This includes safe removal of access covers, understanding confined space roles and responsibilities, monitoring gas types, defining Permit Required Confined Spaces, handling atmospheric hazards, using self-contained breathing apparatuses, and employing retrieval devices for rescue purposes. Knowledge of PPE, equipment inspection procedures, and confined space permits is also essential.

    Sub-Domain 3.5 underscores adhering to safe work practices to mitigate job site hazards. This entails accurate reading of monitoring equipment, recognizing and responding to unsafe conditions, identifying unsafe equipment, employing safe practices in specific areas like wet wells or when using high-velocity cleaning machines. Workers are trained to identify PPE needs, potential hazards from poor design, proper lifting techniques, Lockout/Tagout procedures, and the a Priority on Safety Practices: The training highlights the paramount importance of adhering to safe work practices, including accurate monitoring, swift response to unsafe conditions, and avoiding hazardous equipment.

    Finally, Sub-Domain 3.6 revolves around responding to public inquiries and service requests professionally. It emphasizes effective communication with the public, addressing service calls and questions courteously and professionally, demonstrating professionalism, understanding collection system operation and maintenance issues, and adhering to professional work standards when responding to requests.


    Videos included in series 
    Sub-Domain 3.1: Participation in establishing proper traffic control measures at work sites to protect workers and the public
    Sub-Domain 3.2: Knowledge of all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures
    Sub-Domain 3.3: Application of safety-related tasks related to excavation and trenching
    Sub-Domain 3.4: Participation in confined space entries
    Sub-Domain 3.5: Adhering to safe work practices to mitigate risk related to jobsite hazards
    Sub-Domain 3.6: Responding to public inquiries and service requests in a courteous manner and providing information appropriate to the area of assignment

    Harry Bessa

    Lead Wastewater Worker

    City of Huntington Beach

    Harry Bessa currently holds the position of "Lead Wastewater Worker" at the City of Huntington Beach, drawing upon an extensive background of over 24 years in collections. His journey began as an entry-level maintenance worker, where he acquired invaluable collections skills through practical, on-the-job experience. Presently, his role revolves around overseeing Lift Station duties, involving the meticulous planning and supervision of on-site field operations for the city's 27 lift stations. These stations play a pivotal role in pumping millions of gallons of sewage to the Orange County Sanitation District for proper treatment.

    In his leadership capacity, Harry manages a team of skilled workers whose support is instrumental in ensuring operational efficiency. His responsibilities encompass diverse tasks, from resolving mechanical issues to interpreting data sourced from the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). Additionally, he is adept at handling emergency situations such as Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and providing assistance to the public regarding sewer or storm drain-related queries. Harry believes that this career path, while requiring a willingness to get hands dirty, offers an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to environmental protection. He emphasizes that collections, as a profession, has withstood the test of time and remains an indispensable career choice.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 4.8 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: CSM.  

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, you will need to view each video in the series. Upon completion of the last video in the series, the system will automatically unlock the attention check code for you view. The two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed, and you will need to enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Domain 5: Math for Collection Systems

    This series of videos focuses on Doman 5: Sub-Domains 5.1 

    CWEA Members: $30.00
    Non-Members: $45.00

    0.9 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: CSM 

    Domain 5
    The domain covers various formula-based calculations in engineering and mathematics:


    Learning Objectives/Attendee Takeaways
    Distance calculation formula usage.
    Velocity and flow rate formulas application.
    Volume calculation formulas for basic shapes (cylinder, rectangle, square).
    Surface area formulas for basic shapes (square, circle, rectangle).
    Slope calculation using formulas.
    Basic unit conversions in calculations.
    Calculations involving trench depth, width, benching, flow rates, and pipe slope understanding.


    Videos included in series 
    5.1 Selecting the appropriate formula and completing basic calculations needed for collection systems maintenance

    Sergio Ramirez

    General Manager

    West Bay Sanitary District

    Mr. Ramirez is the General Manager for West Bay Sanitary District. Through his leadership, the vision and policies of the Board of Directors are carried out by District staff. His experience has grown over 29 years through his work in the private wastewater sector, and as an employee of Castro Valley Sanitary District and the City of Foster City. Mr. Ramirez joined West Bay in 2010. As the General Manager, he oversees district operations, in the areas of project management, operation and maintenance, regulatory compliance, safety, administration, and finance. Mr. Ramirez is active in the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) serving as Chairperson to several association chapters and committees. He serves as Faculty/Instructor for the CWEA Technical Certification Program.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 0.9 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: CSM.  

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, you will need to view each video in the series. Upon completion of the last video in the series, the system will automatically unlock the attention check code for you view. The two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed, and you will need to enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Domain 4: Vehicles, Equipment, and Grounds

    This series of videos focuses on Doman 4: Sub-Domains 4.1 & 4.2

    CWEA Members: $30.00
    Non-Members: $45.00

    0.7 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: CSM 

    Domain 4
    Sub-Domain 4.1 involves conducting pre/post trip inspections of vehicles and equipment, ensuring hand and power tools are in proper operating condition, and arranging for maintenance when required. This includes describing the components of pre- and post-trip inspections on commercial vehicles, recognizing responsibilities for different safety checks, understanding operator-related maintenance, avoiding vehicle accidents effectively, identifying various vehicle types and their uses, solving problems during trip inspections, inspecting tires efficiently and safely, recognizing safety hazards posed by equipment, and addressing issues with faulty equipment.  

    In Sub-Domain 4.2, the focus shifts to performing basic building and grounds maintenance at collection system facilities. This entails understanding the scope of building and grounds maintenance, inspecting and operating equipment at collection system facilities, and comprehending how the facility supports the maintenance of the collection system.

    Learning Objectives/Attendee Takeaways
    1. Vehicle Maintenance Mastery: Workers gain expertise in conducting thorough pre/post trip inspections on commercial vehicles, recognizing responsibilities for safety checks, and efficiently addressing issues with faulty equipment to ensure safe and reliable operation.
    2. Efficient Grounds Maintenance: Training covers the basics of building and grounds maintenance at collection system facilities, providing workers with an understanding of the scope of maintenance tasks and how facility operations support overall collection system maintenance.
    3. Safety and Problem-Solving Skills: Workers develop safety-conscious habits, learn to identify and solve problems during inspections, inspect tires safely, and recognize and address safety hazards associated with equipment.


    Videos included in series 
    Sub-Domain 4.1: Conducting pre/post trip inspections of vehicles and equipment (including ensuring that hand and power tools are in proper operating condition), and arranging for maintenance when required.
    Sub-Domain 4.2: Performing basic building and grounds maintenance at collection system facilities

    Stephen Miksis

    Operations and Maintenance Consultant and Advisor | Vice President

    SKL Solutions Inc.

    Stephen Miksis has more than 20 years of experience as a contractor and special district O&M  manager in condition assessment, asset management, rehabilitation, and operation of gravity and pressurized pipeline systems and pump stations. He implemented InfoAsset Manager and Mobile (formerly InfoNet Desktop and Mobile) at Ross Valley Sanitary District and used it for asset mapping and inventory, risk assessment, condition assessment and capital improvements  management, work order tracking, and making other data-driven decisions. He is proficient in  cleaning and visual inspection of storm drain and sanitary sewers and selecting and performing  repair and rehabilitation with various methods such as cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), pipe bursting, localized liners, thermoplastic fold and form, cementitious spin coating, and gel grout injection

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 0.8 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: CSM.  

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, you will need to view each video in the series. Upon completion of the last video in the series, the system will automatically unlock the attention check code for you view. The two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed, and you will need to enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Domain 2: Records, Documentation, and Mapping

    This series of videos focuses on Doman 2: Sub-Domains 2.1 & 2.2

    CWEA Members: $30.00
    Non-Members: $45.00

    0.7 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: CSM 

    Grade 2: 
    Sub-Domain 2.1 focuses on maintaining accurate and timely records of work performed. It involves recognizing work-related terms and acronyms, documenting activities effectively, and understanding the criticality of accuracy in documentation. The consequences of inaccurate or incomplete records are emphasized. On the other hand, Sub-Domain 2.2 centers on reading and interpreting collection system maps for operational purposes. This involves understanding improvement plans, interpreting system maps to guide field operations, and identifying essential structures and flow directions depicted on these maps for efficient decision-making in the field.

    Learning Objectives/Attendee Takeaways

    Sub-Domain 2.1:
    1. Recognize work-related terms and acronyms and their meanings
    2. Understand how to document activities and complete forms
    3. Understand the need for accuracy and the consequence for inaccurate or incomplete (or non-existent) documentation

    Sub-Domain 2.2:
    Reading and interpreting collection system maps for operations and maintenance
    1. Comprehend improvement plans to system maps
    2. Read and interpret system maps to report to field locations
    3. Identify basic structures (manholes, mains, laterals, siphons, etc.) and flow
    direction on a map

    Videos included in series 
    Sub-Domain 2.1: Completion and maintenance of accurate, legible, and timely records of work performed
    Sub-Domain 2.2: Reading and interpreting collection system maps for operations and maintenance

    Stephen Miksis

    Operations and Maintenance Consultant and Advisor | Vice President

    SKL Solutions Inc.

    Stephen Miksis has more than 20 years of experience as a contractor and special district O&M  manager in condition assessment, asset management, rehabilitation, and operation of gravity and pressurized pipeline systems and pump stations. He implemented InfoAsset Manager and Mobile (formerly InfoNet Desktop and Mobile) at Ross Valley Sanitary District and used it for asset mapping and inventory, risk assessment, condition assessment and capital improvements  management, work order tracking, and making other data-driven decisions. He is proficient in  cleaning and visual inspection of storm drain and sanitary sewers and selecting and performing  repair and rehabilitation with various methods such as cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), pipe bursting, localized liners, thermoplastic fold and form, cementitious spin coating, and gel grout injection

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 0.7 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: CSM.  

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, you will need to view each video in the series. Upon completion of the last video in the series, the system will automatically unlock the attention check code for you view. The two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed, and you will need to enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Domain 1: Systems Operations, Inspections, and Maintenance

    This series of videos focuses on Doman 1: Sub-Domains 1.1-1.6

    CWEA Members: $155.00
    Non-Members: $235.00

    5.4 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: CSM 

    The learning objectives cover a wide range of sewer system maintenance and cleaning skills. They include efficiently removing root systems, sand, and grit, identifying sewer components and their functions, understanding preventive maintenance, operating mechanical cleaning systems and various tools, using CCTV inspection equipment, recognizing the importance of sewer cleaning and choosing appropriate cleaning methods, developing observational and problem-solving skills during inspections, understanding self-cleaning sewers and wastewater velocities, and distinguishing between preventive, predictive, and reactive maintenance approaches. Additionally, they emphasize identifying the type of sewer cleaning that requires a trap.

    Learning Objectives/Attendee Takeaways
    Efficiently manage the removal of root systems, sand, and grit from sewer systems.
    Recognize and explain the functions of various components within a standard sewer system.
    Understand and apply diverse maintenance methods, including preventative measures, while grasping the operation of mechanical cleaning systems.

    Videos included in series 
    Sub-Domain 1.1:Inspection, cleaning and maintenance of wastewater collection systems utilizing equipment
    Sub-Domain 1.2: Performing and giving assistance with pump station inspections, maintenance, and repair and recording instrument readings
    Sub-Domain 1.3: Inspection and maintenance of easements, some of which may be remote or difficult to access
    Sub-Domain 1.4:Participation in the construction and repair of the wastewater collection system
    Sub-Domain 1.5:Participation in the containment and cleanup of Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs)
    Sub-Domain 1.6:Participation in the safe removal and restoration of concrete and paved surfaces using a wide variety of construction equipment, hand and power tools

    Harry Bessa

    Lead Wastewater Worker

    City of Huntington Beach

    Harry Bessa currently holds the position of "Lead Wastewater Worker" at the City of Huntington Beach, drawing upon an extensive background of over 24 years in collections. His journey began as an entry-level maintenance worker, where he acquired invaluable collections skills through practical, on-the-job experience. Presently, his role revolves around overseeing Lift Station duties, involving the meticulous planning and supervision of on-site field operations for the city's 27 lift stations. These stations play a pivotal role in pumping millions of gallons of sewage to the Orange County Sanitation District for proper treatment.

    In his leadership capacity, Harry manages a team of skilled workers whose support is instrumental in ensuring operational efficiency. His responsibilities encompass diverse tasks, from resolving mechanical issues to interpreting data sourced from the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). Additionally, he is adept at handling emergency situations such as Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and providing assistance to the public regarding sewer or storm drain-related queries. Harry believes that this career path, while requiring a willingness to get hands dirty, offers an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to environmental protection. He emphasizes that collections, as a profession, has withstood the test of time and remains an indispensable career choice.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 5.4 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: CSM.  

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, you will need to view each video in the series. Upon completion of the last video in the series, the system will automatically unlock the attention check code for you view. The two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed, and you will need to enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/29/2023

    This webinar is an in-depth training on using your microscope to interpret the effects that Protozoa and Metazoa create in your activated sludge.

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    CWEA Members: $25.00
    Non-Members: $35.00 

    1.2 Contact Hours Towards CWEA Certifications: LAB 

    This webinar is part 4 of an educational series hosted by the SFBS Laboratory Committee on the use of a microscope to examine the WWTP’s activated sludge and make more informed process control decisions. In this webinar our speaker, Ron Trygar, will cover identifying Protozoa and Metazoa and what their presence reveals about your activated sludge and the effectiveness of your process.

    • Learning Objectives/Attendee Takeaways
    o No. 1 Identifying Protozoa and Metazoa and their dominance in MLSS
    o No. 2 Interpreting results based on the dominant microorganisms
    o No. 3 Process control adjustments based on microorganism trends


    Blake Brown (Moderator)

    CWEA SF Bay Section Lab Committee Chair

    Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

    Blake Brown is the CWEA SF Bay Section Lab Committee Chair and Supervising Chemist at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District.  She has 5 years of experience in the Wastewater field and 12 years of experience in the Environmental Laboratory field.

    Ron Trygar, CET

    Senior Training Specialist

    University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO) Center

    Ron Trygar has been in the wastewater treatment industry for more than 39 years, and he is the Senior Training Specialist at the University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO) Center in Gainesville, Florida. Ron has over 25 years of training experience, and he is passionate about teaching wastewater treatment courses, specifically the microscopic examination of activated sludge. Ron has spent many hours observing the biomass from his own treatment plants as well as samples sent to him from treatment plants around the Southeastern US, and he is considered a subject matter expert by his peers in Florida. Ron is certified in Florida as a Class A Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator and Class B Drinking Water Plant Operator and holds a certification through the Southeast Desalting Association (SEDA) as a Membrane Treatment Plant Operator. In his free time, Ron enjoys fishing, swimming and diving along Florida’s marine coastline, fixing cars and stuff in his workshop, reading and spending time with his wife Rochelle.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's certification: LAB.  

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.