2006 CA Section Award Recipients

The California Section of the WateReuse Association 2006 Annual Conference was held March 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in the Embarcadero Center. The conference included an awards luncheon where six water recycling advocates were recognized for their contributions over the past year.

Francis Spivy-Weber, Executive Director of Policy for the Mono Lake Committee, and Bill Jacoby, Public Affairs Director with the San Diego County Water Authority, were co-recipients of the 2006 Advocate of the Year Award. Spivy-Weber was recognized as an environmental leader with an understanding of water issues and supply challenges that confront California. Jacoby was recognized for his service in the water recycling field and for his legislative and financial advocacy for recycled water projects in the San Diego region and throughout California.

Carlsbad Municipal Water District, located in northern San Diego County, earned the award for Medium-Sized Recycled Water Agency of the Year. Carlsbad currently serves 2,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) of recycled water to nearly 225 sites including parks, schools, residential areas, the famous Carlsbad Flower Fields, and Legoland. The district is in the process of expanding its recycled water program to provide an additional 5,000 AFY of recycled water to more than 300 new locations throughout the City of Carlsbad.

West Basin Municipal Water District, headquartered in Carson, CA, earned the award for Large-Sized Recycled Water Agency of the Year. West Basin provides more than 24,000 AFY of recycled water to more than 200 facilities and customers in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. The district provides four customized recycled water qualities tailored to individual customer needs for uses such as landscape irrigation, cooling towers, boiler feed water, toilet flushing, street sweeping, and seawater barrier. West Basin has partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand its recycled water program to provide an additional 16,800 AFY to numerous communities throughout the South Bay region.

The Recycled Water Public Education and Community Outreach Program Award was presented to the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. Since 2003, the district has delivered up to three MGD of recycled water to a recycled water demonstration project located in Elk Grove, California. Extensive use of public education and outreach efforts, including community advisory committees, annual reports and websites, has been instrumental in making the project a success.


The Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA was honored as the 2006 Customer of the Year in recognition of its commitment to maximize the use of recycled water within the base. Since 2000, the base has partnered with the West Basin Municipal Water District to provide recycled water to the new buildings located on the base. Seven buildings have been constructed with dual-plumbing for recycled water use in toilets and urinals. In addition, all five acres of landscaping at the facility are irrigated with recycled water. The Los Angeles Air Force Base is serving as a template for bases throughout the world though it's innovative use of recycled water.