CARPINTERIA, CALIFORNIA. College students who are pursuing a career in engineering, environmental science, public administration, or other related disciplines, and have an interest in serving in the clean water field are encouraged to apply for the first scholarships offered by the CASA Education Foundation.

Carpinteria Sanitary District is a member of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) which represents the interests of local clean water agencies in California that treat wastewater and produce renewable resources such as recycled water, clean energy and soil enhancements. Recognizing the need to recruit new professionals into the industry, CASA members encouraged the association to establish the CASA Education Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to raising money and offering tuition support for undergraduate students seeking degrees connected to working at a local public wastewater facility.

“We are very excited about our inaugural scholarships and the overwhelming support we have received from donors since the very start,” said Michael Dunbar, CASA Education Foundation president. “Our member agencies are leaders in the protection of clean water and the beneficial reuse of resources throughout the state and want to attract top caliber students to join our profession,” Dunbar added.

The Foundation will be offering two $5,000 scholarships in 2014. Applications will be accepted until May 16, 2014 and applicants must be California residents and attending an accredited college or university located in California. Recipients will receive financial assistance as well as be provided opportunities to be mentored by CASA members during the course of their education.

Additional information and an application package can be found at

About Carpinteria Sanitary District:

The Carpinteria Sanitary District is an independent special district which provides wastewater collection, treatment and disposal services to the residents and businesses of the City of Carpinteria and surrounding unincorporated areas in the Carpinteria Valley.

The District was formed in 1928 to provide wastewater collection and disposal to area residents. During the 1930’s and 40’s wastewater was collected and discharged to the ocean without the benefit of treatment. It was during this period that the bulk of the sewer system serving the downtown area was constructed.

Over time, the District’s wastewater collection has been expanded to serve the community’s needs. The system currently consists of approximately 40 linear miles of sewer pipeline ranging from 6″ to 24″ in diameter. The District also owns and operates seven sewage pump stations that are necessary to convey flow to the wastewater treatment plant. Currently the District provides service to approximately 16,500 people and has just under 4,100 user accounts.

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About the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA):

Founded in 2013, the CASA Education Foundation was established to provide scholarships that contribute to a student’s academic development and career potential in the wastewater field. The Foundation’s goals are to expose students to the careers in the clean water community and increase the visibility of California’s publically owned wastewater agencies with the public, civic leaders and the academic community.


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