Construction of LACSD’s New Effluent Tunnel: Bigger, Better, and Safer

Includes a Live Event on 10/27/2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

LAB Members: $0  (discount is automatically applied during check-out)

Member fee: $25.00
Non-Member fee: $35.00 

1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's: TBD

Please join CWEA LABS for a presentation by Russ Vakharia, Supervising Engineer at the LA County Sanitation Districts, on the construction of a new 7-mile long effluent tunnel—the longest single drive pressurized face tunnel ever constructed in California!  He will discuss construction challenges facing the tunnel, which has over 30 curves, will go through a variety of heterogenous ground conditions, is located under the water table, and will experience significant areas of squeezing ground.

The Sanitation Districts operates the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, which treats wastewater from over 5 million people in the Los Angeles basin. The JWPCP currently relies on two tunnels—over 60 and 80 years old—to convey treated wastewater from Carson, CA to the ocean. The new tunnel is being constructed to ensure the reliability and capacity of the system and address aging infrastructure, seismic, and overflow concerns associated with the old tunnels. 

Russ Vakharia

Supervising Engineer, Construction Management Section

LA County Sanitation Districts

Russ Vakharia worked in the field of construction/engineering management for Parsons Corporation on the Los Angeles Metro Red Line, for Disney Imagineering and as an independent construction management consultant and expert witness, before joining his current employer, the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, where he has worked for 18 years managing a variety of construction projects.  Russ also taught construction management at UCLA Extension and in USC’s Master’s program in Construction Management. Russ received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University.

Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's certifications.

To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar or recording, please note the one (1) attention check code that will be displayed during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter this code in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

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Once you have entered the correct attendance check code, you will be able to create and download an electronic "Certificate of Completion" under the "Contents" tab.

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Construction of LACSD’s New Effluent Tunnel: Bigger, Better, and Safer (Live Webinar)
10/27/2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)   |  60 minutes
10/27/2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)   |  60 minutes PLEASE USE GOOGLE CHROME, MICROSOFT EDGE OR FIREFOX TO ACCESSS THIS WEBINAR.
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