Faces of Water Q&A – January 2019

  • by Katherine Causland
  • Jan 17, 2019
  • Newsletters

Stefanie Olson, Clean Water Programs Specialist, Dublin San Ramon Services District

1. Describe your job.

I administer the recycled water regulatory program for the district by helping new users connect, updating regulatory documents, corresponding with the State Water Resources Control Board, regulating existing users and overseeing the backflow prevention cross-connection program. I am also involved with the district’s water conservation program, approving and issuing rebates, conducting water conservation audits, and performing water management data analysis. I also implement the Pollution Prevention Program and review and comment on pending legislation as well.

2. What do you like best about your job?

I like how it’s transitioned and changed over the years. Now I’m getting to learn about monitoring legislation, making comments and being more involved in that world. I’m learning more about water conservation, and I’m currently co-chair of the Recycled Water Committee for Bay Area Clean Water Agencies.

3. How did you get into the water industry?

I received my environmental studies degree from California State University, Hayward and worked for DSRSD as an intern for a year. Following my internship, I was an industrial compliance inspector for the City of Livermore. I came back to DSRSD in 2002, when a pollution prevention inspector position opened up. A few years later, the position of Clean Water Programs Specialist was created, and I’ve been doing the job since. In 2015, I received the WaterReuse California Staff Person of the Year award.

4. What is the biggest challenge of your job?

Making sure programs stay in compliance with everything. The challenge right now is waiting to see what the state is going to draft regarding the new water conservation mandates. When new laws are passed, we have to jump on it. Water management is going to be big — especially with planning for droughts.

5. What is something unique about yourself?

I used to do high school rodeo where I would compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Growing up in Iowa, I did pole bending and other gymkhana events with speed pattern racing and timed events riding horses. Now my 8- and 10-year-old daughters are in 4-H, and are planning to show pigs at the Alameda County Fair.


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