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WSC shares ideas, inspiration at annual PNCWA Conference

October 30th, 2017

ater 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.