OCWD GM Participates in Exclusive Global Water Workshop

Orange County Water District General Manager Mike Markus was a participant in an exclusive global water workshop on water demand management for domestic and industrial sectors in Singapore during December.

Twenty eminent global water experts from best water utilities, leading industries and foremost academics from different disciplines were carefully selected, according to Asit K. Biswas, distinguished visiting professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Mike is currently the vice chair of the Water Research Foundation, the leading research organization advancing the science of all water to ensure water quality and improved water services for the public.

Objectives of the workshop were to assess most remarkable progresses made anywhere in the world to reduce water demand and likely future trends.

Globally, per capita water demand and industrial water footprints are mostly declining, according to Professor Biswas. One example is a Charleroi, Belgium, resident who now uses 71 liters (18.76 gallons) per day and other examples include Nestle, Unilever, Nike, and Suncor, which have reduced their water demands remarkably during the past decade.

Papers and results of this unique workshop will be published in 2019 in the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Orange County Water District staff are experts in groundwater management and water reuse. They are often called upon to serve on expert panels, projects and work groups that seek to make advancements in the water industry.