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Laboratory Staff 

 The Award-winning laboratory staff at the Carmel Area Wastewater District is responsible for the sampling, collection, monitoring, analyzing, and reporting of the quality of the wastewater treatment process and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES). Laboratory personal prepare reports to be submitted to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Health Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carmel Area Lab personal work with operational staff in developing process control strategies that aid in improving and streamlining the treatment plant processes. 

The Carmel Area Wastewater District Laboratory is accredited through the California Department of Public Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). ELAP provides evaluation and accreditation of environmental testing of laboratories to ensure the quality of analytical data used for regulatory purposes to meet the requirements of the State's Wastewater Programs. Carmel Area Wastewater District ELAP certificate number is 1804 and is renewed every two years. 

 Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program Home Page link


CAWD laboratory staff is comprised of one Laboratory/Environmental Compliance Supervisor and two Laboratory Analyst/Environmental Compliance Inspectors.

            Carla James Laboratory Supervisor – (Pending Information)

           Raymond De Ocampo –Laboratory Analyst II/Environmental Compliance Inspector– Ray started with Carmel Area Wastewater District in July 1994 as a Laboratory Analyst.  Ray’s prior experience with reclamation water analysis helped to train the staff in the new reclamation facility starting up.  Ray holds a California Water Environment Association Grade 3 Laboratory Analyst and California Water Environment Grade 1 Environmental Compliance Inspector certificate.  In 2018, Ray was California Water Environment Association Monterey Bay Section P3S Person of the Year and was 2nd Place for the same award at the Annual California Water Environment Association Annual Conference.


Other program(s) that the Laboratory is involved:

Carmel Area Wastewater District is the lead agency for the Central Coast Long Term Environmental Assessment Network (CCLEAN), which is funded by four municipal dischargers and an industrial discharger, under direction from the State of California Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Based upon a consensus-building approach, the program is designed to satisfy regulatory requirements, as well as to document the status and trends of important water quality indicators in the Monterey Bay waters.


Central Coast Long Term Environmental Assessment Network Home Page link

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