Water supplies in our portion of California were seriously challenged in 2014 after three years of state-wide drought. The Governor’s declaration calling for 20 percent conservation was followed by the State Water Board’s emergency regulation requiring mandatory water use restrictions. Water utilities then imposed water use restrictions on their users. Southern California’s regional water provider, the Municipal Water District of Southern California (MWDOC), used its drought storage reserves to help the region through the drought, which required two-thirds of its storage. Southern California was well prepared for the drought, unlike many other areas in the state. As drought preparedness and water reserves varied among utilities, some suppliers tended toward public education rather than strict enforcement to achieve water conservation.
The first three classes will examine local and regional water conditions as they exist in early 2015, the outlook for both the near- and long-term, how Orange County fits into the situation, and what is in store for the entire Southwest. Local, state and regional experts will join us for a factual and speculative outlook at water – our essential lifeline. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session. The fourth class will take place at the Orange County Water District’s state-of-the-art Groundwater Replenishment System in Fountain Valley. This will be a self-drive visit to the world’s largest recycled water treatment facility.
Friday, March 6: Orange County’s Underground Water Supply Did you know that wells that pump groundwater from aquifers beneath northern and central Orange County supply 70% of the water needs of the OCWD service area? Find out how the aquifers are replenished and protected from seawater intrusion and land subsidence. Learn about local hydrogeology and water issues from the perspective of the Orange County Water District (OCWD).
Presenter: Roy Herndon, Chief Hydrogeologist, OCWD
Class Presentation: Orange County Ground Water Basin – The Water Under our Feet
Friday, March 13: Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Did you know that half of urban Southern California’s water is imported from the Colorado River and Northern California, and Orange County (MWDOC service area) relies on imported water to meet 45% of its average needs? Find out how water is supplied on a regional basis and how secure these sources are.
Presenter: Richard Bell, P.E., Manager of Water Resources and Facilities Planning, MWDOC
Class Presentation: Orange County’s Imported and Local Water Supply
Friday, March 20: Southwest Water – Are We Running Dry? How reliable is the water supply of the American Southwest? Find out if this supply can continue to provide water to Southern California, with or without major climate change.
Presenter: Jim Thebaut, Filmmaker and director, The Chronicles Group, L.A.
Friday, March 27: Tour of the OCWD Groundwater Replenishment System. Tour the world’s largest recycled water treatment system that purifies wastewater to drinking water quality and re-injects it to replenish the groundwater basin. Find out what multi-stage advanced-treated water tastes like!
NOTE: Tour Location (Friday, March 27 only) is OCWD Offices, 18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Directions will be distributed.
Developers: Gary Oberts and Roy Herndon
Fridays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27
10:00 AM –12:00 Noon
Woodbridge Onken Classroom, Irvine on March 6, 13, and 20
OCWD offices, Fountain Valley on March 27