OC's Water Manufacturing Process

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Wednesday, July 27, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Fountain Valley, CA, United States

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The Orange County Water District, the State of California’s oldest special district with groundwater management authority, is a renowned public entity that houses the largest advanced water purification facility for indirect potable reuse. The District’s water supply portfolio is the result of a complex system of water “creation”, collection, recharge, storage, and dissemination. A panel from the OCWD will present how the district takes the limited water supply found in nature and supplements it to provide water for 2.4 million residents and businesses in Orange County, California. Planners will learn why drinkable water is scarce in Southern California, how drinkable water is engineered rather than relying solely on Mother Nature, OCWD’s pivotal role in “making” water through the Groundwater Replenishment System and managing and protecting the region’s major water sources, and how the public can make a difference in sustaining water supplies.

Particpants will learn about California water challenges; local/County water sources and supplies; water basin operations; balancing environmental considerations with water supplies; and water cycles.









John Kennedy

Invited Speaker

John Kennedy is the executive director of engineering and water resources. He is responsible for engineering, local resources and administrative functions at the Orange County Water District (OCWD). John has more than 30 years of experience in the water/civil engineering industry and has worked for OCWD since 1995. He ... Read More

Stephen Sheldon

Invited Speaker

Steve Sheldon is an elected member of the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors; his division includes parts of Newport Beach and Irvine. He has served on the board since 2005 and was president of the board in 2008 and 2009. A representative on behalf of OCWD for ... Read More