The Chair’s Corner

Catherine Curtis – SFPUC
BAYWORK Chair

It is a great honor to become the Chair of Baywork. I have worked with Baywork since its inception with Cheryl Davis in 2009 and I am committed to BAYWORK’s success. We are now in our 10th year!!!

We are off to a running start this fiscal year, beginning with presentations on Baywork and the Digitalization of Water at the WEF/AWWA Transformative Issues Symposium in Washington DC, followed by a talk at the AWWA Michigan State Conference in September. We offered our certification test prep workshops at EBMUD in September in partnership with the Bay Area Consortium of Water and Wastewater Educational (BACWWE), held a successful Workshop on Wheels (WOW) in the North Bay in October and are presented our Training Buffet at EBMUD in November.

This year our workshop theme is digitalization and we have distributed a digital survey to our signatory agencies and attendees at the Washington symposium. If your utility has not received a survey, please let us know. We will be using the results to analyze various tools and best practices and to identify case studies to highlight at our Digitalization Workshop in the spring. This is cutting edge work in our industry and Baywork will be on the forefront.

We also have a webinar scheduled for January on Apprenticeship Development and Lessons Learned by Sherri Jones, from Charlotte Water in North Carolina.

Additionally, we are upgrading our website to allow people to access it and navigate the site on whatever device they are using. We must walk our talk with digitalization.
Finally, we are in the process of recruiting people for committees and subcommittees. Baywork has been a grass roots organization and we survive on in-kind services. If you are interested in being part of the planning and making sure your utility’s voice is heard, please join one of our committees.

Candidate Development and Outreach [Awareness, Recruitment and Training] – contact Steve Currie (steven.currie@ebmud.com) or Linda Charfaurous (Linda.Charfauros@sanjoseca.gov)

Prepared Staff [training for existing staff]– contact Levi Fuller (fuller@dsrsd.com)

Website – Contact Stan Blaauw (stan.blaauw@sjwater.com)

Thank you for your involvement and/or partnership with Baywork.