10/1: Celebrate California Water Professionals Appreciation Week Oct. 2-10

10/1: Celebrate California Water Professionals Appreciation Week Oct. 2-10

The California Legislature officially designated the first week in October California Water Professionals Appreciation Week. It is intended to highlight the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water, wastewater, and recycled water in California.

We're celebrating by highlighting our two lead Water and Wastewater Operators. Learn more about them below.

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Anthony Drolet, Senior Sanitary Sewer System Operator,

My career in water and wastewater began in 2004 when I started working for a private contractor performing sewer main cleaning and CCTV inspections. From there I moved on to another private contractor and was tasked with ground water sampling and environmental remediation. In 2007 I started working for a municipality in Sonoma county and for the next 11 1/2 years my job was to perform maintenance and repairs to their sewer and water systems. During that time, I acquired my Water Distribution grade 3 license and my grade 1 Wastewater Collections Certification. In 2018 I started working for the City of Sebastopol in the Public Works Department as a Maintenance Worker 2. Since then, I have acquired my Water Treatment Grade 1 license and have upgraded my Wastewater Collections Certification to a grade 2. I was also just recently promoted to Senior Sanitary Sewer Operator.


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Andrew Cerini, Senior Water System Treatment Operator,

I joined the City of Sebastopol’s Public Works Department in 2016 as the Water Treatment Plant Operator. Prior to the City of Sebastopol, I was a Utilities System Operator II at the City of Santa Rosa for 7 years. While at the City of Santa Rosa I gained experience on how to operate, maintain and repair a municipal Water and Sewer system. During my time at The City of Santa Rosa I obtained my T2-Treatment and D1-Distribution License from the California State Water Resources Control Board,  as well as a Sewer Collections 1, from CWEA and certification from the AWWA to test Water Back-flows. So far at Sebastopol, I upgraded my Distribution and Sewer Collection license. All the experience has helped me manage the task of water treatment and maintaining water quality for the City of Sebastopol.