Updates from ReNUWIt: The Future of Wastewater Treatment

The Future of Pathogens and Pollutant Management

Wednesday, April 18
3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room 302/303, Sacramento Convention Center

SWRCB Drinking Water: 1 Contact Hour

SWRCB Wastewater: 0.1 CEU

CWEA: 1 Contact Hour

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Practice Area: Curated

Direct potable reuse is an exciting emerging practice and ongoing research is needed to identify unintended consequences and provide a foundation for managing risks. We will present the latest research from ReNUWIt related to chemical and microbial risks in potable reuse, including novel treatment and monitoring strategies.

Kara L. Nelson

UC Berkeley


Kara Nelson is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion in the College of Engineering. Prof. Nelson’s research program addresses innovative strategies to increase the sustainability of urban water infrastructure, including technologies for potable and non-potable water reuse, nutrient recovery, decentralized systems, intermittent water supply, household water treatment, and low-cost sanitation. She is Leader of the Engineering Research Thrust at the Engineering Research Center for Reinventing our Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).


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William A. Mitch



Bill Mitch received a B.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Harvard in 1993. He switched fields receiving a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He worked for 3 years in environmental consulting, receiving his California P.E. license. Returning to UC Berkeley in 2000, he received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2003. He moved to Yale as an assistant professor after graduation. His dissertation received the AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2004. In 2007, he won a NSF CAREER Award. He moved to Stanford University in 2013 where he is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on chemical contaminants in recycled wastewater.


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Eric Hansen, P.E., BCEE

Senior Civil Engineer
Silicon Valley Clean Water


Eric is a longtime volunteer leader for CWEA, Past President of the Santa Clara Valley Section, Past President of the Northern California Section of WateReuse, former liasion for the Board of Directors for WateReuse California, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Summit West Water Company in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He is a licensed Civil Engineer in California and is board certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists in water and wastewater management. He has over 25 years of experience that includes managing South Bay Water Recycling, Northern California's largest nonpotable recycled water distribution system, managing many wastewater and recycled water capital projects, and continues to provide leadership towards sustainable water supplies for California. Eric is a Senior Civil Engineer for Silicon Valley Clean Water in Redwood City, California.


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