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May 09

ESD lab protects public health and the Bay, one water sample at a time

Posted on May 9, 2018 at 2:19 PM by Aaron Kinney

One of the most important facilities in San Jose occupies 12,000 square feet of the Environmental Services Building, a two-story edifice on Zanker Road along the southeastern rim of San Francisco Bay.
Inside a network of brightly lit rooms, more than two dozen staff operate the laboratory of the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF), testing hundreds of water samples every day to ensure the quality of the wastewater treatment process and comply with state and federal regulations. 
The lab’s skilled technicians test water samples for organic chemical compounds and a range of inorganic substances, including arsenic, mercury, lead and nickel. 

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Apr 02

Women thrive and lead at ESD

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM by Aaron Kinney

Female leadership and gender equality are subjects of intense debate in Silicon Valley, where some women feel stymied by a male-dominated corporate culture.

The City of San José Environmental Services Department, situated in the heart of the valley, draws inspiration from the region’s creativity and innovation. But the department strives for a more equitable workplace culture, one that encourages women to lead and gives them ample opportunities for professional growth.

The mindset starts at the top. ESD is led by a pair of accomplished women: Director Kerrie Romanow and Assistant Director Ashwini Kantak.

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Apr 02

Wildlife abounds at the Regional Wastewater Facility in 2017

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM by Aaron Kinney

The southern reaches of San Francisco Bay contain an incredible array of wildlife, crowned by a majestic new arrival: a pair of bald eagles who live in a redwood tree on the campus of a Milpitas elementary school.

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