Mehul V. Patel, P.E.

Director of Water Production

Mehul V. Patel is the Director of Water Production for the Orange County Water District. He oversees the operations, maintenance and staff responsible for the day-to-day operations of GWRS, Green Acres and facility maintenance. 

Mehul has been with the District for 18 years. He was formerly the GWRS Program Manager and oversaw the award-winning facility's 30 MGD expansion.  Mehul has extensive experience in pilot, demonstration and full-scale operation of microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis technologies, and advanced oxidation systems. He also worked as a process engineer assisting in troubleshooting for operation of OCWD’s renowned Water Factory 21 facility. Mehul’s expertise is in the use advanced technologies for water reclamation and recycling. He has written, presented, and published a number of technical papers relating to the use of membrane and ultraviolet light technologies for wastewater reclamation.

Mehul is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association (including a member of its Membrane Process Committee), Water Environment Federation (including a member of its Disinfection Committee), American Membrane Technology Association (including serving currently as president on its board), WateReuse Association, and is past president of the Southwest Membrane Operator Association.

Mehul received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.

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