Announcing the SARBS of CWEA 2019 Award Winners

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 Systems

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

Laboratory Person of the Year

Dawn Myers, Orange County Sanitation District

Runner-Up: Arturo Diaz, Orange County Sanitation District

P3S

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!

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