OC Water Summit: Finding Water is New California Rush

California recently faced more than five years of drought that caused serious land subsidence in the fertile Central Valley and water storage levels in the Orange County Groundwater Basin to decline as low as 18 percent of its operating range. The drought seems to be over for now, but the next one could be just around the corner and the state isn’t yet prepared. We’re rushing to find our next “gold”--new water sources.

This year’s OC Water Summit titled “Finding Water” features a celebrated roster of water experts. NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman is master of ceremonies. The Summit will take place on Friday, June 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Grand Californian Hotel in the Disneyland Resort of Anaheim. Make your reservation now.

Registration is $130. The price goes up to $150 after June 2. Limited discounted tickets are available for college students and teachers.

Delving into essential new water supplies and water reliability practices locally and from around the world that could meet the needs of drought-plagued California will be New York Times best-selling author Seth M. Siegel; “TED Talk” speaker and author of “Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource,” Dr. David Sedlak; Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Colonel Kirk E. Gibbs, commander, Los Angeles District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; David J. Stoldt, general manager, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District; Rich Nagel, general manager of West Basin Municipal Water District; the Honorable Helene Schneider, mayor, city of Santa Barbara; and others.

The program agenda includes topics about managing water after California’s historic drought, finding solutions to address aging infrastructure, probes into the viability of desalination and water reuse as parts of a water portfolio, stormwater capture, and a special luncheon session with Seth M. Siegel, author of “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water Starved World.”

Co-hosted by the Orange County Water District (OCWD), Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) and the Disneyland Resort, this one-of-a-kind event engages experts and influencers in discussion of new and ongoing water supply challenges, water policy issues, and other important water-related topics that impact our economy and public health.

We thank our following sponsors :

Luncheon Sponsor—

Mesa Water District  


Program Sponsor—

Irvine Ranch Water District 


Session Sponsor—

Geoscience Groundwater Consultants  


Associate Sponsor—



Carollo Engineers  



LECET Southwest     


Table Sponsors—

Black & Veatch   

Brown and Caldwell    

Eastern Municipal Water District   

Hazen & Sawyer     

Irvine Ranch Water District  

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California     

Moulton Niguel Water District   

Orange County Sanitation District   

Pacific Advanced Civil Engineering Inc.   

Poseidon Water   

Santa Margarita Water District 


Breakfast Sponsors—

Best Best & Krieger  

Cadiz Water Project    

Lewis Consulting Group 

Orange County Farm Bureau 

Rutan & Tucker, LLP   

Tetra Tech 


Transportation Sponsor— 

Anaheim Public Utilities   


Chamber Sponsors—
Anaheim Chamber of Commerce  

Association of California Cities Orange County   

Greater Irvine Chamber  

Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce   

North Orange County Chamber