AFC2018 George A. Elliott Memorial Award winners:
(L to R) Chair Kate Nutting congratulates recipients
Tom Bloomer (Murraysmith) and Rosie Thompson
(Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)
with Past Chair, Uzi Daniel. 

Rosie Thompson
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The 2018 CA-NV AWWA Fall Conference was a great experience for all attendees. The wide range of topics covered in the various technical programs, from accessibility to safe and affordable drinking water to women in leadership, provides an opportunity to gain more knowledge and meet professionals in different areas that appeal to you. And, everyone at the conference is approachable, willing to share their knowledge, and experience. 

CA-NV AWWA is a unique community that I feel fortunate to be a part of.  As a volunteer-based association, the enthusiasm and commitment that is consistently displayed by the staff, leadership and members is nothing short of impressive and inspiring.  CA-NV AWWA always encourages and welcomes your participation and involvement.  If there is a committee or issue you want to directly engage in to influence or help facilitate change, there is ample opportunity and support. 

Admittedly, I am a relative newcomer to CA-NV AWWA, as I became Chair of the Government Affairs Committee in 2015 only after a couple of years of being a committee member. But, the sincere interest and constructive input I received from the three Section Chairs and the Governing Board, with the goal of further evolving CA-NV AWWA into a more engaged presence in the legislative arenas, was equally met with the participation and involvement from the committee members and others within CA-NV AWWA that contributed to a sincerely fun and exciting tenure.   While my term has ended, I will always value the experience and the ability to further develop my own leadership skills, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with the larger membership of CA-NV AWWA.  And, as I explore other areas within CA-NV AWWA, I am now lucky enough to be the Vice-Chair to the Energy and Sustainability Committee, where there is a need and interest to delve into a variety of issues that are directly impacting CA-NV AWWA members as we adjust to climate change.  

In short, if you want to expand your knowledge-base, network with professionals from all areas of water, and contribute to a recognized and respected organization, then get engaged and take advantage of what CA-NV AWWA has to offer!


Cristian Irigoyen, Water Treatment Plant Operator
Modesto Irrigation District

Over the past few years, the CA-NV AWWA section has provided me with useful knowledge and experience to excel in the water industry. I’ve attended various courses that have helped me pass my Distribution Grade 3, Treatment Grade 4, and Backflow tester certifications. I’ve also been able to take the information I’ve learned through AWWA’s courses and apply it to my apprenticeship with Modesto Irrigation District (MID) to better understand our Conventional Filtration and Membrane Filtration plants.

I'd just like to thank AWWA. Since 2016, I've passed my D1, D2, D3, T2, T3, T4 and Backflow tester certification! Not only that, but I've attended and competed in the Top OPs Challenge in 2018 in Burlingame and our team placed in the top 2 and we got to represent the CA-NV Section at ACE 2018 in Las Vegas. I've progressed in the water industry a lot thanks to [CA-NV AWWA]. I look forward to attending other conferences/classes in the future!


Chris Martinez, President
AWWA Student Chapter
Cuyamaca College

The AWWA CA-NV Fall 2018 Conference was a great conference to attend! The theme of sustainability really set the tone for the conference and reminded us that we need to protect our resources. As a young professional and a new member of AWWA, attending the conference for the first time was a great experience, but also an awesome opportunity to represent my AWWA School Chapter as President for Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. At the conference I was able to get great industry insight about what this is all about from talking to engineers, consultants, operators, AWWA committee members and a variety of professional representatives from different water agencies. Meeting other students from different school chapters was also a great way to network and see how they integrate their AWWA student chapter with their school and education. 

The theme of sustainability was a common link in all of the technical sessions I attended and it was great to see technology integrating with water agencies to become more efficient and sustainable in sessions given by Monobina Mukherjee from Moulton Niguel Water District - Developing a Financially Sustainable Water Supply with Advance Data Models and other sessions using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to predict the likelihood of failure of transmission and distribution water pipelines from Fracta. 

Topics of climate change and sustainability with professionals taking steps toward managing and projecting water use in Adam Hoch from the City of Oceanside - Groundwater Augmentation in Mission Basin and in Daniel Wisheropp session - Non Project Water Inflows to the State Water Project; Balancing Sustainable & Reliable Water Supplies with Water Quality Objectives. A session that I found really beneficial was the Young Professionals Committee with the Mentoring Activity meet and greet on day two. The professional insight and the one-on-ones I had gave very helpful advice for moving forward in my career. I even got an opportunity to be a part of the YP committee in the future as Vice Chair! AWWA - CA-NV Section really did a great job with the organization of this conference from the venue The Westin Mission Hills Resort, technical sessions and teaming up with the Coachella Valley Water District as host utility. 

The conference was awesome and offered great resourceful information that I'm taking back with me to my school chapter to give all my colleagues a chance at success and help them achieve their personal career goals. I am looking forward to the Spring 2019 Conference in Sacramento! 


Chisom Obegolu, P.E.
Metropolitan Water District

I just wanted to share a quick note to express how impressed I was with the 2018 AWWA Annual Fall Conference. In addition to having a multitude of topics to provide insight on sustainability, it was well organized and simple to follow. I particularly enjoyed the app that was created for this conference as it helped me decipher through the many presentations and identify which ones peaked my interest. The various presentations were immensely informative and applicable to my organizational goals as well as my personal and professional goals. 

As a speaker at this event, I was well accommodated from my arrival and sign-in to my departure. I am looking forward to the 2019 conference in Sacramento!

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