Awards and Honors

2017

-OCSD was awarded two American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Honor Awards for exemplifying today’s best practices in using appropriate technologies, and designing, planning and implementing solutions that meet both project and societal needs. 
  
           -Biosolids Master Plan. Presented to OCSD in the Planning Category

           -Effluent Reuse Study. Presented to OCSD in the Environmental Sustainability Category

- The Government Finance Officers Association of the United State and Canada (GFO) has conferred a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current budget to the Orange County Sanitation District. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by your organization. Congratulations to our Finance Group!

- Congratulations to all the SARBS winners. OCSD won 5 awards at the local section (SARBS- Santa Ana River Basin) of the California Water Environment Association Banquet:
            - Duane Smith won Operator of the Year
             - Jesus Baez won Mechanical Technician of the Year
             - William Cassidy won Supervisor of the Year
             - Dindo Carrillo won SARBS SPOTLight Award for Waste  Discharge Requirements
             - OCSD won Safety Plant of the Year
             - Roy Reynolds was installed as SARBS President
             - William Cassidy was installed as SARBS Past President/Treasurer

- OCSD recently received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the year ending June 30, 2016. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

- OCSD’s Annual Reports and Website Win Awards. OCSD was awarded three Communicator Awards (one gold and two silver) in the month of May for the 2015-2016 Annual Report, 2015-2016 CIP Annual Report, and the newly redesigned website. The Communicator Award is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications.

 

 

2016

- OCSD was awarded a Communicator Silver Award in the month of May for the 2014-2015 Annual Report. The Communicator Award is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Way to go!

- OCSD’s annual report won the Graphic Design USA 2016 American In-house Design Award- competing with nearly 6,000 entries from all over the country! Only 15 percent of the entries are recognized with a Design of Excellence Award.

- Newport Beach Construction Project wins Golden Hub Award
OCSD was one of the recipients who received the Golden Hub Award for the "Newport Beach Outreach Program,” from the Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC). This initiative garnered community support for the ongoing project to rehabilitate the sewer system in the city of Newport Beach. Congratulations to all who were involved with this project!

- OCSD was awarded three American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Honor Awards for exemplifying today’s best practices in using appropriate technologies, and designing, planning and implementing solutions that meet both project and societal needs.

Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System Initial Expansion.  Presented to Black & Veatch, OCSD and OCWD in the design category.

- Critical Assessment of Process Odorants. Presented to OCSD in the research category.

- OCSD Central Generation Emissions Control J-111. Presented to OCSD in the environmental sustainability category.

-OCSD was recognized on June 23 by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as being Client of the Year. Nominations were made for those clients who have made a commitment to public-private partnerships, consideration of the qualifications of consulting engineers and land surveyors in their selection, and having contributed significantly to our engineering and surveying community.  Over 30 longstanding clients of ACEC California Orange County member firms were considered.

-OCSD Wins Gold Peak Performance Award for Plant No. 1 and Plant No. 2. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Awards recognizes NACWA member agencies for excellence in permit compliance. OCSD was awarded the Gold Peak Performance Award which was presented to facilities with no ocean discharge permit violations for the entire calendar year. This is the fourth consecutive year that OCSD has won this award. One more year and we go Platinum.

-OCSD was honored as a Utility of the Future Today by several national water sector organizations through the Utility of the Future Recognition Program. This program highlights the progress and exceptional performance of wastewater utilities. The recognition program is a collaborative effort that includes the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the WateReuse Association with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sixty-one public and private utilities from across the U.S., Canada, and Europe were selected for recognition based upon the adoption of water reuse, watershed stewardship, beneficial biosolids reuse, community partnering & engagement, energy efficiency, energy generation and recovery, and nutrient and materials recovery as the “Organizational Culture of the Future”.

-OCSD received the Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2016. The National Procurement Institute recognizes organizational excellence in procurement by measuring innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. We are one of only 49 agencies to receive this award and one of only 28 special districts in the United States and Canada to receive the award. We’ve received this award for 15 consecutive years now.

-OCSD was presented the Excellence Award from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC). MISAC presents this award to recognize outstanding practices in Information Technology that have met or surpassed local government standards in the areas of: Strategic Planning and Budget, Purchasing, Operations, Customer Satisfaction, Internet, Project Management, Training, Disaster Preparation and Recovery, Policies and Procedures and Geographic Information Systems. MISAC members represent 232 cities, 58 special districts and water agencies, and 22 fire, police and transportation organizations. In 2016, only 17 of these agencies obtained the Excellence in IT Practices Award.

-During OCSD’s recent debt issuance, Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s reaffirmed OCSD’s ‘AAA’ credit rating. This is the highest rating given to a company and demonstrates their confidence that OCSD will maintain its exceptional degree of creditworthiness and ability to meet its financial commitments. In addition to strong financial management, they noted our well run operations and capital planning. OCSD’s ‘AAA’ rating allows it to secure very attractive financing for infrastructure improvements, reducing our costs and allowing us to continue our low fees.

-Congratulations to Christopher Stacklin, Resource Protection, who was presented with two leadership awards at the Water Environment Federation TEC 2016 Conference last month. The two awards were the: Water Reuse Roadmap, the second commitment of the 2016 White House Water Summit; and Wastewater Worker Safety for High Consequence Pathogens, a White House priority to explore innovative strategies for preventing healthcare-associated transmission of Ebola and/or infectious pathogens. Stacklin has been a member of Water Environment Federation (WEF) for 14 years and has served on numerous committees.

-Congratulations to George Rivera for receiving a certificate from The California Emergency Services Association- Southern Chapter for his outstanding service in the Emergency Management field.

 

 

2015

-OCSD was presented the Excellence Award from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC). The award signifies that IT has exceeded local government standards in the areas of: Strategic Planning and Budget, Purchasing, Operations, Customer Satisfaction, Internet, Project Management, Training, Disaster Preparation and Recovery, Policies and Procedures and Geographic Information Systems.

-OCSD received the Graphic Design USA—American Graphic Design Award for the 2014 OCSD Biosolids Management Program Performance Report. Nearly 10,000 entries were submitted and only 15 percent were selected to receive the award. OCSD received the award for the

-OCSD was awarded three Communicator Awards in the month of April. The Communicator Award is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. OCSD submitted the Annual Report and the 60th Anniversary History Video, and both won awards. The Annual Report won two Silver Award of Distinction awards for Government and Overall Design and the 60th Anniversary History Video won a Silver Award of Distinction for History/Biography.

-OCSD’s 60th Anniversary Annual Report won the Graphic Design USA 2015 American In-house Design Award- competing with nearly 6,000 entries from all over the country. Only 15 percent of the entries are recognized with a Design of Excellence Award. 

-OCSD Fleet Services received the Leading Fleets No. 1 Mid Size Fleet award from the Government Fleet Magazine and ranks No. 10 in overall public fleet in the nation.

-OCSD recently received the Water Environment Federation Safety Award for the second year in a row. This award is recognition and validation of all of our collective efforts, dedication, and professionalism.

-OCSD received the Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2015. The National Procurement Institute recognizes organizational excellence in procurement by measuring innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. We are one of only 49 agencies in California to receive this award and one of only 28 special districts in the United States and Canada to receive the award. We’ve received this award for 14 consecutive years now.

- OCSD Wins Gold Peak Performance Award for Plant No. 1 and Plant No. 2. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Awards recognizes NACWA member agencies for excellence in permit compliance. OCSD was awarded the Gold Peak Performance Award which is presented to facilities with no ocean discharge permit violations for the entire calendar year.

-OCSD receives 1st Renewal of TsunamiReady and StormReady recognition from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather- from tornadoes to tsunamis. The TusnamiReady Program developed by the National Weather Service, is designed to help cities, towns, counties, universities and other large sites in coastal areas reduce the potential for disastrous tsunami-related consequences. 

-OCSD won 4 awards at the local section (SARBS—Santa Ana River Basin Section) of the California Water Environment Association Banquet:

- Esther Chang won Operator of the Year
- Allan Dumlao
was 2nd place for Operator of the Year
- Gilbert Barela
won 2nd place for Mechanic of the Year and for Gimmicks & Gadgets 
- OCSD also won Safety Plant of the Year 
Cindy Murra was installed as SARBS Secretary
- William Cassidy was installed as SARBS Treasurer

-The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has conferred a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Orange County Sanitation District, California for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2014.  This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

GFOA has also presented an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement to Lina Hsiao, the individual designated as being primarily responsible for the District having achieved the certificate.

-Congratulations to Victoria Pilko for receiving Outstanding Engineer Merit award from Orange County Engineering Council and Public Sector Civil Engineer of Merit from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

-The Plant No. 2 Headworks Replacement Project, Project No. P2-66 received the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Award for Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Project in the State of California for 2014.  Based on this Award, the project will be nominated for the National Award to be determined later this year.  Previously this project won several local and regional engineering awards and this is a higher level award that takes into account all projects within the State of California.  The Headworks facility receives all of the influent to Plant 2, up to 340 million gallons per day, performs the preliminary treatment and distributes the flow throughout Plant 2 for further treatment.  This project was the largest project OCSD has ever completed at nearly $260 million with a very long and difficult construction schedule. The replacement of this facility is analogous to performing a heart transplant on the treatment plant and required a very detailed construction sequence to be successful.  Many years of hard work and dedication by a large team of staff saw this project through to completion and these awards are well earned.   

-Santa Ana River Interceptor Relocation project wins Wastewater Conveyance Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This project was completed in partnership with County of Orange, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and OCSD.

 

 

2014

-OCSD's Information Technology (IT) was awarded the Excellence Award from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC). The award signifines that IT has exceeded local government standards in the areas of: Strategic Planning & Budget, Purchasing, Operations, Customer Satisfaction, Internet, Project Management, Training, Disaster Preparation & Recovery, Policies & Procedures, and Geographic Information Systems

-The Plant No. 2 Headworks Replacement Project, Project No. P2-66 received the Wastewater Treatment Project of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Previously this project won several local engineering awards and this is a higher-level award that takes into account all projects within southern and central California.

-OCSD received the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) prestigious Safety Award. Receiving this award is a major achievement for OCSD’s safety program, differentiating OCSD from its peers. The award recognizes how well OCSD’s safety programs and policies are developed, as well as the abilities of OCSD’s safety staff. Efforts to continuously improve our safety program are moving forward with job shadowing, safety policy audits and building inspections. Nice job team!

-The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) honored three biosolids management organizations with the prestigious 10 Year Platinum award. The three organizations-Orange County Sanitation District, City of Los Angeles, and DC Water of Washington, DC were recognized as leaders in the industry for continuous improvement and best management practices in biosolids management. Way to go team!

-OCSD received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence through the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). By receiving this certificate OCSD, has proven its dedication to being fully transparent, as well as open and accessible to the public and other stakeholders.

-OCSD’s Purchasing, Contracts & Materials Management Division received the 2014 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. OCSD is one of only 46 government agencies in California and one of only 31 special districts in the US to receive this award. This is the 13th consecutive year we have won this award. Congratulations!

-The National Association of Clean Water Agencies awarded OCSD’s Plants No. 1 and No. 2 the Peak Performance Award in recognition of their complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance during the calendar year 2013.

-OCSD Fleet Services Named Among Top Fleet Government Programs in the U.S. Governing Magazine recognizes and rewards peak performing green fleet operations in North America. Way to go team

-OCSD’s Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) residential campaign won the Graphic Design USA 2014 American In-house Design Award— competing with 4,000 entries from all over the country

-OCSD was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada for our CAFR. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

-Our P2-66 headworks project received a Project Achievement Award for Projects over $100 million from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) at its Southern California Chapter Awards Banquet.

-OCSD was named CWEA’s 2014 recipient of the Plant Safety Award (for plants with 76 or greater employees).

-Our What 2 Flush campaign received an Award from the California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO) for best Marketing/Communications Campaign

-OCSD and OCWD were named the recipients of the 2014 U.S. Water Prize for the Ground Water Replenishment System! The U.S. Water Prize was initiated four years ago by the U.S. Water Alliance to elevate those organizations with strategies that promote the value of water and the power of innovating and integrating for one water sustainability.

-The Plant No. 2 headworks Replacement Project won the Engineering Project of the Year Award from the Orange County Engineering Council. The award was given out during National Engineers’ Week, which calls attention to the engineering profession and the contributions of engineers to society.

-OCSD’s Plant No. 2 Head works Replacement Project was also awarded the Wastewater Treatment Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Division. Way to go team!

 

 

2013

-OCSD received a Platinum Award from the Orange County American Red Cross for increasing our participation in their Community Volunteer Blood Program by 165% in 2012.

- J-112 the Ocean Outfall and OOBS Piping Rehabilitation, received the CWEA Engineering Achievement Award.  The following two OCSD projects won a “Project of Merit” Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers:

Job No J-112, Ocean Outfall & Booster Pump Station Rehabilitation

Job No P1-102, Secondary Activated

-OCSD received the 18th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2013!  The National Procurement Institute recognizes organizational excellence in procurement by measuring innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function. We are one of only 36 government agencies in California to receive this award and one of only 23 special districts in the United States to receive the award!

 

 

2012

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OCSD won the 2012 National Environmental Achievement Award in Research and Technology for Fuel Cell Demonstration for Energy and Hydrogen Production project.

-The P2-90 trickling filter project won the CMAA 2012 Project of the Year Award.

-The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) was awarded to OCSD by the Government Finance Officers Association for the United States and Canada for our comprehensive annual financial report for the year ending in June 30, 2011. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government agency and its management.

-An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was also presented to Lina Hsiao, Accounting Supervisor, as the individual primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

-OCSD won the Outstanding Public Outreach/Education Award (large agency) for our social media efforts. This award recognizes programs that are intended to educate the public on important agency issues.

-OCSD earned the 17th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procure­ment Award for 2012. We are one of only 40 government agencies in Califor­nia to receive the award and one of only 29 special districts in the United States to receive the award. We have received the award for 11 consecutive years.

-OCSD earned NACWA’s Gold Peak Performance Award for its Reclamation Plant No.1 and Treatment Plant No. 2. The Peak Performance Awards recognize member agency facilities for outstanding compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

-The Bitter Point Pump Station (5-49) project received the ENR California Award of Merit! Congratulations to Martin Dix and the Bitter Point Pump Station team (5-49) for receiving the Engineering News-Record California Best Civil Works/Infrastructure Project Award of Merit. ENR California every year recognizes the region’s best achievements in construction and design.

-OCSD was awarded the National Water Research Institute’s (NWRI) Award of Excellence for our leadership and commitment to completing the 10 year Secondary Treatment Program and ensuring that only the highest quality water is released into the ocean and recycled by the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). Receiving this award reaffirmed the great feat we have accomplished. 

-OCSD Magnolia Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation Project received Project of the Year Award! The Magnolia Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation Project was named the 2012 Trenchless Technology Project of the Year for Rehabilitation.