California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Today, the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) joined the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating their new “Omnivore” renewable energy system, a retrofitted digester that will contribute towards the Authority becoming 90% to 100% energy neutral by 2015. Since 2008, VVWRA has worked to balance operation and maintenance expenses while achieving energy neutrality. To accomplish these goals, VVWRA partnered with Anaergia Inc. and utilized an Innovative Technology Grant from the California Energy Commission.
The State Water Resources Control Board voted on Tuesday September 23 to adopt the proposed Water Quality Fee Regulations for Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015. The new structure will keep NPDES fees static, but with a one-time 3.2% discount for this fiscal year. However, the WDR fees will be increased by approximately 7.9% as compared to FY 2013-14.
This month, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) released a report entitled National Economic & Labor Impacts of the Water Utility Sector. WERF and WRF collaborated with 30 utilities in the water, wastewater, and stormwater sectors to produce this new study that explores the financial gap currently facing the nation’s infrastructure.