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 July:

  • OCWD President Denis Bilodeau, General Manager Mike Markus and Legislative Affairs Liaison Alicia Dunkin met with Congressman Ed Royce to provide an update about North Basin and other District projects.
  • Director Vicente Sarmiento presented OCWD t-shirts to students in the Summer Active Learning Program at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana. The students in the Magical Math and Musical Theater Summer Camp performed A Bug’s Life. At the end of the performance, Director Sarmiento spoke to the participants and audience about the O.C. Water Hero conservation program.
  • Director Bruce Whitaker distributed O.C. Water Hero t-shirts at the Fullerton City Hall open house.
  • Executive Director of Engineering and Water Resources John Kennedy provided a presentation about OCWD and ocean desalination to the Cypress Chamber of Commerce.
  • Director of Special Projects Bill Hunt gave a presentation to Cal State San Marcos students about water supply and water reuse.
  • Hydrogeology staff and OCWD consultants from Intera and AECOM met with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Department of Toxic Substances Control to present an overview of the groundwater flow model developed by Intera of the North Basin area. 
  • Five District staff gave presentations at the 11th IWA (International Water Association) International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse in Long Beach. From R&D, Scientist Christine Pham presented her work on fiber optic temperature sensing to measure basin percolation rate, Scientist Shannon Roback presented on the influence of RO membrane age on NDMA rejection, and Senior Scientist Jana Safarik presented on microbial growth impact on cartridge filter operations/replacement. From Hydrogeology, Principal Engineer Tim Sovich presented a paper co-authored with Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources Greg Woodside and other staff on the water quality benefits of the GWRS. Senior Communications Specialist Crystal Nettles spoke on a panel about public outreach for potable reuse projects and included the new GWRS bottled water tour.