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News & Insights

WSC is continually growing to meet our clients’ needs and enhance our staff collaboration.

In December, WSC opened its Temecula Valley office in Wildomar which creates more workspace and will grow collaboration between WSC employees in Southern California. The convenient location near Interstate 15 expands our ability provide the high-quality, responsive service that our clients in the region expect from us. WSC now has eight offices to serve clients in California and the Pacific Northwest.

WSC’s Matthew Rodrigues, PE, and Paul D’Santi are the first two WSC employees to make the Temecula Valley office home. The new location will enable them to become more involved in industry and local associations in the lower portion of the Inland Empire.

Temecula Valley Office

32395 Clinton Keith Road, Suite A206
Wildomar, CA 92595
Phone: (951) 678-0006
Fax: (909) 354-3482

WSC is excited to welcome Mr. Justin Pickard, PE, LEED AP BD+C, to the WSC family. Justin has more than 15 years of construction and project management experience in the public and private sectors. He joins WSC after spending the past six years at West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) where he most recently was the Supervising Engineer in charge of managing the implementation of a $50+ million a year Capital Improvement Program. Justin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, a registered Professional Engineer – Civil, and is a certified LEED Advanced Professional Building Design + Construction.

Understanding the culture of public utilities, including their needs and expectations, is something WSC strives for and Justin’s perspective strengthens our ability to do so. His experience in the public sector showed him that many consultants are often challenged to deliver on their promise of personalized client service. WSC’s reputation for meeting that promise stood out, Justin said.

In addition to the natural alignment between the technical expertise and client-focused philosophy that Justin and WSC share, he was drawn to the unique workplace culture.

“The emphasis WSC places on employee growth and development stood out to me,” Justin said. “Jeff has a really unique vision and WSC’s leadership is very different than what I see in this industry.”

Justin Pickard

Justin is working out of our San Luis Obispo headquarters where his experience and leadership will complement WSC’s construction management and program management practices. With a background spanning a wide range of services, including implementing essential One Water projects, he will quickly integrate with our team and bring significant value to our clients and WSC.

His project experience includes the construction of three advanced treatment facilities which included Reverse Osmosis and Microfiltration processes, program management for a complicated 40 MGD pump station that sends wastewater to a recycled water facility, and resident engineering services for an ocean water desalination demonstration facility.

On a personal note, Justin and his wife Karen, a nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, have a 2 ½-year old son named Otto. They are looking forward to the bountiful outdoor activities the California’s Central Coast has to offer, as well as the reduced commute to work. A brief stint providing construction services in San Luis Obispo in 2005 planted the seed for his return.

Justin Pickard

Water Systems Consulting was an active participant and contributor at the Northwest region’s largest wastewater and stormwater conference. The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association’s (PNCWA) annual conference was held October 22-25 in Vancouver, Washington. PNCWA is one of 75 global Member Associations that collectively form the Water Environment Federation (WEF). PNCWA focuses on education, innovation and advancements in water resources, supporting professionals in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

WSC’s Portland team, Founder and CEO Jeff Szytel, and Jasmine Diaz, an engineer and a certified operator from our San Luis Obispo office, actively participated in the three-day conference. WSC contributed to technical committee meetings, sponsored the Women’s Networking Reception, and presented on the technical program. This year’s theme centered around raising awareness and guiding principles for achieving equality and social justice in our projects and programs. The conference technical program covered topics from innovative treatment technologies, operational efficiency, utility management and leadership, and cost-effective asset management.

Jasmine Diaz, PE, Grade V WWTPO, presented on the City of San Luis Obispo’s unprecedented need to meet new disinfection by-product (DPB) limits at the future Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). The City of San Luis Obispo is striving to meet DPB limits which are stricter than existing drinking water DBP limits. Ms. Diaz’s direct experience in operations at the WRRF, as well as her role in the ongoing WRRF expansion, provided great insight into the complexity of meeting the future limits. Ms. Diaz addressed California’s DBP regulation in water and wastewater, the challenges associated with designing a WRRF to minimize formation of DBPs, identifying DBP sources in the WRRF treatment process, and finding collaborative solutions to optimize the existing process to comply with the new stringent DBP limits prior to discharge into a local creek.

Jasmine Diaz

At the Women’s Networking Reception, WSC shared a unique brochure that featured quotes that inspire the women on our staff and their favorite books for women leaders in water.

Women in Water

It was a successful event for our clients and staff, and our team is energized by the opportunities to continue to provide value, creative thinking and solutions to our clients’ toughest water resource challenges in the Northwest.

It is easy to understand why the Central Coast’s tourism industry is booming and so many people want to live here. The moderate weather, accessible surf and natural beauty have a little something for everybody.

However, what we leave behind is a threat not only to the beauty of this place, but to the marine life that calls the Central Coast home. Birds, fish and marine mammals mistake plastic for food, become entangled in fishing line, and have their habitat degraded by debris.

WSC is proud to join ECOSLO and the California Coastal Commission for the 2017 Coastal Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. As the site captain for the Shell Beach cleanup, WSC will coordinate the collection of trash along the shoreline, provide bags to volunteers, and assist with the disposal of what is collected. Anyone interested in joining the cleanup may meet at South Palisades Park on Beachcomber Drive (194 Beachcomber Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449). Volunteers will check in at the park where WSC’s site captain will be for registration.

If you would like to participate, please wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and snacks. In an attempt to minimize the production of more trash, we encourage you to being your own bags, buckets, and reusable gloves. Additionally, litter grabbers and sieves are also useful tools to assist in the clean up.

Coastal Cleanup Day Poster

ECOSLO is organizing 30 cleanup sites throughout San Luis Obispo County and there are 863 cleanup sites throughout California. Last year, approximately 1,200 volunteers in San Luis Obispo County removed 6,500 pounds of trash and recyclables. To find more information, or a Cleanup site near you, visit

Coastal Cleanup Day is just one way to combat litter. Using data about what types of trash is most commonly found during Coastal Cleanups can help us make conscious decisions about what we purchase and how we dispose of our waste. In the past, data from this clean up has also contributed to legislative decisions to help lessen our impact on our environment.

Standing on the granite lip of Half Dome nearly 5,000 feet above the majestic Yosemite Valley, and 8,839 feet above sea level, a group of WSC employees made a special call in to work Friday, July 28, to share their achievement and view.

WSC employees hold the company flag on top of Half Dome on Friday, July 28.

The group reached the top of Half Dome around 11 a.m. and soon placed a Facetime call back to the San Luis Obispo office to share the view from the top, as well as the local marmot population. They were greeted by those still at work and three dogs who spent the day in the office.

A group of WSC employees, family and friends take in the view of Yosemite Valley from on top of  Half Dome on Friday, July 28.

It is trips like this that strengthen WSC’s incredible workplace culture. Struggling together up a long, steep trail cultivated mutual respect, relaxing in the cool waters of a mountain swimming hole built friendships, and sharing stories around a campfire enhanced their personal investment in each other.

The trip was organized by the WSC Rocks Committee, an internal committee focused on connecting staff across offices through relationship building exercises and experiences, as well as elevating the WSC culture. 19 WSC employees, family and friends spent the weekend in Yosemite National Park — 10 of whom made the 15 ½-mile trek from the Valley floor, up the Mist Trail to Half Dome and down the John Muir Trail.

WSC employees, family and friends stand on top of Half Dome on Friday, July 28.

After a weekend like this, it is no surprise that “fun” was the most common word employees used to describe working at WSC in the client survey issued by INC. Magazine to determine the Best Places to Work in 2017, ultimately leading WSC to be selected for this monumental acknowledgement.

Not only that, the WSC Rocks Committee is gearing up for the annual company camping trip in late August where even more WSC employees, family, and friends  from offices throughout California and Oregon will come together for four days in beautiful Morro Bay, CA.