A retirement ceremony was held April 10 for Dr. Roshanak Aflaki, the Plant Manager for the Los Angeles Glendale Water Reclamation Plant and the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Roshan retires with 29 years of City service.
Roshanak Aflaki was a true innovator. She was instrumental in managing a significant amount of Los Angeles’ valuable water resources. She also lead state-of-the-art upgrades at Sanitation’s facilities that are producing purified water for potable reuse, important for LA to meet its water needs. While managing the upgrade and expansion of TIWRP facilities for groundwater recharge, Roshan developed an Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP), from treatability testing to full-scale implementation. This AOP will be the first of its kind in the world and save the City millions of dollars.
Her willingness to look beyond the status quo and her ability to see better ways of solving challenges have significantly improved the potable reuse industry, and the AOP she developed is being specified for a number of future potable reuse projects in California and beyond.
Additionally, Roshan led a state-of-the-art potable reuse pilot-scale project. This pilot- scale project examined and compared seven different treatment trains simultaneously and includes such cutting-edge technologies as ceramic membranes, ozone-enhanced biologically active filtration, enhanced reverse osmosis recovery to minimize brine generation, and soil aquifer treatment. Under her leadership, this pilot project not only produced an optimal full-scale design compliant with direct potable reuse criteria, but also provided the water reuse industry with more innovative solutions to make water reuse safer and more sustainable.
Congratulations on your stellar City career, Roshan!