Out in the Community

As part of its standard to forge and maintain long-term, positive and proactive relationships with members of the local community and greater water industry and to be transparent about its operations and programs, OCWD board members and staff speak regularly before groups and at events.  We participated in the following during February:

     •     President Cathy Green and Principal Engineer Sandy Scott-Roberts gave a presentation about OCWD and a water supply update at the Surf City Tea Party meeting in Huntington Beach.

     •     Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson participated in a planning meeting for the 9th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge to be held in Mexico City in June. Adam was invited to Mexico City at no cost to the District to discuss the meeting format and content with senior water officials in the Mexican government, who are scheduled to update their groundwater laws this fall.

     •     Staff from Engineering, Planning, Health & Regulatory and Hydrogeology met with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET) representatives to begin technical feasibility discussions on MET’s proposed recycled water treatment and distribution project. Conceptually, the recycled water would replace raw imported water that OCWD has traditionally purchased from MET for basin recharge during non-storm periods.

     •     Research Director Megan Plumlee participated in a workshop held at OCSD to develop a “Water Reuse Roadmap” as a comprehensive guide for utilities worldwide to sustainably implement water reuse strategies. The meeting was organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), WateReuse Foundation (WRF), and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI).

     •     Director of Special Projects William Hunt provided an overview of OCWD and the GWRS to members of Morningside Men’s Club in Fullerton.

     •     Executive Director of Engineering and Water Resources John Kennedy gave a presentation about water quality, the GWRS and imported water to the Water Issues Study Group at Mesa Water District.

     •     Walker Junior High School students received a presentation by Engineer Ben Smith regarding water filtration.