Water webinars

Join OCWD for its monthly webinar series on emerging and newsworthy topics. Hear from OCWD experts and District partners as they discuss important OCWD programs and projects that impact your water supply. Whether you are an elected official, water industry professional, researcher, consultant, student, or community member, there is something for everyone. Webinars last approximately one hour and are free to attend. 




PFAS: Encouraging Results from OCWD Treatment Study – Update on Completed Project and Next Steps

In December 2019, OCWD launched a large testing program to evaluate effective treatment technologies to remove PFAS found in groundwater. With a particular focus on adsorption-based technologies, the objective was to determine which media are most efficient and cost-effective for removing PFAS to restore local drinking water supplies.

Working with Jacobs Engineering Inc., OCWD successfully completed more than a year’s worth of testing and data collection to measure the performance of different granular activated carbons and alternative “novel” adsorbents using laboratory methods across 10 different water retailers’ groundwaters, as well as a pilot-scale test of these media plus ion exchange resins.

Now, design and construction of full-scale treatment systems at various drinking water production wells is underway that will use IX or GAC (depending on the site). Alternative adsorbents may be utilized in the future based on promising findings from the treatment study.

In this webinar, OCWD and Jacobs will share an overview of the results from this study and a preview of what’s planned for piloting additional adsorbents in the program’s second phase.

Featured speakers: 

  • Megan Plumlee, PhD, P.E., Director of Research, Orange County Water District
  • Scott Grieco, PhD, P.E., Global Technology Leader, Jacobs


PFAS: Encouraging Results from OCWD Treatment Study – Update on Completed Project and Next Steps (6/22/21)

Water Reuse:  Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going? (5/27/21)

A Tale of Two Basins:  Managing Groundwater in Orange and Los Angeles Counties (4/28/21)

Salinity Management Putting Southern California's Water Supply on a Low-Sodium Diet (3/30/21)


A 2020 Retrospective:  Wildlife Populations Thrive on OCWD Lands (2/23/21)

Reverse Osmosis: Getting the Credit it Deserves (1/27/21)

Ready for Winter: Stormwater Capture in SoCal (12/17/20)

Soarin' Over the Surface Recharge System (11/30/20)

Exploring Careers in the Water & Wastewater Industry (10/29/20)

You Never See Our Best Work: OCWD's Seawater Intrusion Barrier (9/29/20)

How'd They Do That? An Insiders Look at Expanding the World's Largest Potable Reuse Facility (8/26/20)

The Wild Side of the Santa Ana River (7/21/20)

PFAS: Encouraging Results from OCWD Treatment Study (6/23/20)

What's in a Drop of Water: Debunking the Myths Surrounding Tap and Bottled Water (5/28/20)