Highlights of the 2017 AWWA Annual Conference

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A wastewater treatment firm headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, RMC Water and Environment focuses on creative big-picture solutions and environmentally friendly practices. Recently, Leslie Dumas, a senior water resources engineer at RMC Water and Environment, presented at the American Water Works Association 2017 Annual Conference on the topic “Implementing SGMA: An Update on California’s Foray into Groundwater Regulation.”

The AWWA 2017 Annual Conference, titled “Uniting the World of Water,” brought water professionals together from across the country to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from June 12 through 14. The event included networking opportunities and continuing education programs, as well as an extensive exhibition hall of products for water management.

The conference offered workshops such as “Planning and Applying the Latest Practices in Computer Modeling,” which guided participants in how to apply the latest advances in computer modeling technology to creating water distribution systems. Several committee meetings also took place at the conference.

To learn more about the AWWA, or for information about next year’s conference, visit www.awwa.org.


RMC Water and Environment Contributes to Winning Project


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The team at RMC Water and Environment provides clients with the analysis, design, and engineering services they need to create sustainable solutions for the betterment of California communities. Recently, RMC Water and Environment participated in a recycled water project for the Napa Sanitation District that earned a WateReuse Award.

The WateReuse Awards of Excellence are given to individuals and projects each year in recognition of contributions to the promotion of desalination and water reuse. Awards given to deserving nominees include Public Education Program of the Year, Institution of the Year, and three Project of the Year awards in the categories of small, large, and desalination.

Nominations are accepted during the spring of each year and presented to the winners at the WateReuse California Annual Conference. The 2017 conference was held in San Diego March 19 through 21, bringing together 600 attendees from around the United States. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event included technical presentations, tours, receptions, and an exhibit hall.

End of California Drought in Sight after More Than Five Years

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Founded in 1998, RMC Water and Environment provides clients with environmental engineering services such as modeling, design, and construction. The team at RMC Water and Environment has helped many municipalities in California develop recycled water and potable reuse solutions that can help combat the effects of drought in the state.

Recently, municipalities, businesses, and individuals in California were treated to the good news from the US Drought Monitor Report that less than 20 percent of the state is facing drought conditions for the first time in more than five years. The data states that just over eight percent of California is still considered to be in a moderate to severe drought, while just over 15 percent remains abnormally dry. One year ago, more than 90 percent of the state was suffering from drought.

The lessening of the drought comes as a result of several months of rainstorms in late 2016 and early 2017, bringing record levels of rain and a snowpack on the Sierra Nevada mountain range between 150 and 175 percent of normal. While lifting drought restrictions in California is a widely discussed debate among lawmakers, many residents are choosing to continue conserving water as mandated by a 2015 order from Governor Jerry Brown to cut water use by 25 percent. The restriction has allowed the state to experience an overall water use reduction rate of 22.5 percent in just two years.

The SWRCB’s General Waste Discharge Requirement

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Based in Walnut Creek, California, RMC Water and Environment works on large-scale water recycling projects in California. Dedicated to continued innovation, RMC Water and Environment is a member of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). On its website, the CWEA provides information about California’s State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) General Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR).

Adopted in May 2006, the WDR offers a statewide approach focused on reducing Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and applies to all of California’s publicly-owned sanitary sewer collection systems that maintain over one mile of sewerage pipes.

The WDR requires relevant organizations take all possible steps to prevent untreated wastewater from entering creeks, storm drains, and natural bodies of water in the event of an SSO. All SSOs are reported to the SWRCB using its online reporting system, with the Office of Emergency Services requiring notification when spills exceed 1,000 gallons.

All of California’s publicly-owned collection system agencies that operate over one mile of sewerage pipe are also required to create Sewer System Management Plans (SSMPs). The SSMP should be available to the public and must meet the WDR’s mandatory requirements to demonstrate a practical commitment to health and safety.