SARBS is proud to announce the winners of the Annual Awards Program. Congratulations to these individuals and agencies and thank you to the nominators who made this possible.
Although the SARBS Annual Awards Banquet has been postponed, we intend to hand out award plaques and celebrate with you all as soon as it is safe to do so.
SARBS Annual Award Winners were nominated for the CWEA state awards competition. CWEA state winners from the SARBS section are also noted. Be sure to check out the links to each! To see all CWEA state winners click Here.
Collection System of the Year Large (Over 500 miles)
City of Riverside
Riverside went on to win First Place in the CWEA Annual Awards! View HERE!
Collection System of the Year Medium (250-500 miles)
City of Santa Ana
Runner-Up: Orange County Sanitation District
Collection System Person of the Year
Ron Navarro, City of San Clemente
Runner-Up: Jose Silva, Irvine Ranch Water District
Operations and Maintenance
Operator of the Year
Bob Kallberg, South Orange County Wastewater Authority
Bob went on to get Third Place! See here.
Runner-Up: Jennifer Alexander, Orange County Sanitation District
Electrical and Instrumentation Person of the Year
Alex Garcia, Irvine Ranch Water District
Alex went on to achieve Third Place in the CWEA Annual Awards! Check it out Here!
Runner-Up: Darin Nicholson, Irvine Ranch Water District
Mechanical Technician Person of the Year
Gage Gesiriech, South Orange County Wastewater Authority
Runner-Up: Jimmy Dowling, Irvine Ranch Water District
Engineering and Research Achievement
Engineering Achievement of the Year
Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
This group went on to achieve Third Place in the CWEA Annual Awards! See HERE!
Runner-Up: Western Municipal Water District Victoria Avenue Water Recharge Facility
Community Engagement & Outreach
Community Engagement & Outreach Person of the Year
Ralph Palomares, El Toro Water District
Ralph went on to get Third Place in the CWEA Annual Awards! See it HERE!
Project of the Year Large Budget (Over $20K)
Orange County Sanitation District, State College Sewer Construction Outreach Program
The Orange County Sanitation District went on to win First Place in the CWEA Annual Awards! View HERE
Runner-Up: Costa Mesa Sanitary, District Citizens Environmental Protection Academy
Laboratory Person of the Year
Dawn Myers, Orange County Sanitation District
Runner-Up: Arturo Diaz, Orange County Sanitation District
P3S Person of the Year
Abigail Gomez, City of Fontana
Abigail went on to win First Place in the CWEA Annual Awards. Congrats, Abigail! View the post HERE.
Runner-Up: Katie Greenwood, South Orange County Wastewater Authority
Students and Young Professionals
Outstanding Young Professional of the Year
Roxanne Massey, Black & Veatch
Roxanne went on to get Third Place in the CWEA Awards! Congrats, Roxanne! See it Here.
Spotlight Award “SARBYs”
Spotlight Award Winner – Collections Committee
Steve Sanchez, El Toro Water District
Raully Russell, El Toro Water District
Spotlight Award Winner – Professional Development Committee
Nang Mwe, Irvine Ranch Water District
Cindy Murra, Orange County Sanitation District
Be sure to see the CWEA state winners for more distinguished SARBS members not included here!