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Water Committee

Sacramento RiverThe Water Committee focuses on issues associated with the discharge of treated wastewater. The committee currently includes the following subcommittees:

  • Salinity Work Group
  • Methylmercury
  • Recycled Water
  • Delta Team
  • Regional Monitoring

Committee Mission

The mission of the Water Committee is to discuss and comment on recent key and proposed federal, state, and local water policy and regulations and to advocate for environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable wastewater treatment, regulations, policies, and practices.

Committee Leaders


Tony Pirondini, Committee Chair
Water Quality Manager, City of Vacaville


Linda Dorn, Committee Vice-Chair & Delta Team
Environmental Program Manager, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District & Sacramento Area Sewer District




Committee Secretary, currently open


Specific goals of the Water Committee are aimed at fulfilling its mission statement. They include:

  • Build partnerships with the regional and state water boards to define and address water quality problems;
  • Practice regulatory actions that would lead to measurable water quality improvement;
  • Review and comment on new policies, laws, and regulations that affect the Wastewater industry;
  • Participate in special studies and regional monitoring events;
  • Encourage a shift towards regulations which provide reasonable protection of beneficial uses, as required under California water law; and
  • Share process optimization, laboratory studies, and knowledge.

If you would like more information or are considering getting involved in this committee, please click on the name of the committee chairperson above to send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Current Activities and Initiatives

Through or in addition to the subcommittees listed above, the Water Committee is currently working on the following issues:

  • Implementation of the 2013 Recommended Ammonia Criterai
  • Toxicity policies, methods, and permit provisions
  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs)
  • Pyrethroid pesticide water quality impacts and regulation
  • Central Valley salts impacts to surface and groundwater
  • Biological objectives
  • TMDLs
  • Cyanide
  • eSMR/CIWQS – accurate & efficient data reporting
  • Test methods for NPDES permits – Federal Register
  • Basin Plan amendments
  • Disinfection methods
  • Process optimization & control
  • Laboratory analytical issues

Meeting Schedule

Meetings normally take place quarterly. See the sidebar of this page for a upcoming meetings.

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