Water Advisory Committee of Orange County (WACO)

The Water Advisory Committee of Orange County (WACO) was formed in 1983 to facilitate the introduction, discussion, and debate of current and emerging water issues among Orange County policymakers and water professionals. It has also advocated the Orange County water community’s position on issues affecting the provision and management of our water supplies, with lawmakers, regulatory agencies, regional and state water organizations, and others.

The committee’s membership has evolved during the past quarter century to include not only the elected officials and management staff from many Orange County water districts and cities, but also engineers, attorneys, consultants, and other professionals who work with the Orange County water community, as well as residents and community group members who share a common interest in water issues.

Monthly meetings are open to the public and are typically held on the first Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the Fountain Valley headquarters of the Orange County Water District. The meetings provide attendees with an opportunity for professional networking and to receive informative presentations from water industry professionals, academics, economists, engineers, political officials, and others about key water issues affecting Orange County.

Meeting address

18700 Ward Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Upcoming meetings

For a full listing of 2018 meeting dates, view the 2018 WACO calendar.

Past meeting materials

October 2017

October 2017 WACO Meeting

The State Water Project

  • Kevin Donhoff, Resource Implementation Section Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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November 2017

November 2017 WACO Meeting

Direct Potable Reuse

  • Kevin Hardy, Executive Director, National Water Research Institute

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December 2017

December 2017 WACO Meeting

What's Happening at WateReuse?

  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California

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January 2018

January 2018 WACO Meeting

Hepatitis A - A Threat to Our Water Supply?

  • Eric McDonald, Medical Director, Epidemiology & Immunization Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
  • Matthew Zahn, Medical Director, Epidemiology & Assessment, Orange County Health Care Agency

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February 2018

February 2018 WACO Meeting

Cyber and Infrastructure Security: Is Your Agency at Risk?

  • Bryan Cunningham, Executive Director, UCI Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute
  • Frank Ury, Former Mayor, City of Mission Viego
  • Special Agent Fredrick Simon, FBI, InfraGard Los Angeles

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March 2018

March 2018 WACO Meeting

Exposing the Myths of Public Utilities

  • James Pasmore Jr., Account Manager, Business Customer Division - Water Sector, Southern California Edison
  • Ranjiv Goonetilleke, Principal Engineer - Commercial & Industrial Customer Service, Southern California Gas Company

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