OCWD Board of Directors

Cathy Green
First Vice President
Denis R. Bilodeau, P.E.
Second Vice President
Philip L. Anthony
Jordan Brandman
Shawn Dewane
Jan M. Flory, ESQ.
Dina L. Nguyen, ESQ.
Roman Reyna
Stephen R. Sheldon
Roger C. Yoh, P.E.
General Manager
Michael R. Markus
P.E., D.WRE.

In This Issue:

Message from the President
GWRS Installs Locally-Manufactured Membranes
OCWD Receives the "2012 Conservator of the Year" Award
Collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Support the Nation's Largest Water Education Festival!
December Employee of the Month
Welcome OCWD New Employees
November Tours

President's Message

Claudia C. Alvarez, ESQ.
The Orange County Water District celebrated a major milestone when the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) reached 100 billion gallons of ultra-pure water produced since going on-line almost five years ago. 100 billion gallons of water is enough to sustain 2.7 million Americans for one year (based on 100 gallons per person, per day). The Orange County Water District (OCWD, District) operates the GWRS and manages Orange County's groundwater basin.

The GWRS, a joint project of OCWD and the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD), takes highly treated wastewater and purifies it through a three-step process that includes microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide, resulting in near-distilled quality water. It is the world's largest advanced water purification facility of its kind, currently producing up to 70 million gallons of new water every day.

OCWD is currently expanding the Groundwater Replenishment System. The $142.7 million project will create an additional 30 million gallons per day of new water supplies to serve north and central Orange County bringing the total production of the GWRS to 103,000 acre feet per year (AFY), enough water for 850,000 people. Construction is estimated to be completed by late 2014.

The District is committed to providing a reliable, high-quality source of water to recharge Orange County's groundwater basin and the GWRS helps accomplish this. On behalf of OCWD I would like to thank the many project supporters, partners and staff who made this project possible. Here's to another billion!

For more information about the project and to track the number of gallons produced, please visit www.gwrsystem.com.

100 Billion Gallons of Water Can: fill 1.4 million bathtubs with an average bath draw of 70 gallons, fill 151,000 Olympic size swimming pools, or fill the Rose Bowl stadium to the rim 1,185 times!

GWRS Installs Locally-Manufactured Membranes

The GWRS is operated in Fountain Valley by the Orange County Water District and in part, relies on 15,750 reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to produce 70 million gallons per day of ultra-pure drinking water. This is the largest collection of RO membranes in the United States, therefore it was fitting that Orange County purchase locally-made membranes for its facility.

Woongjin Chemical America opened a manufacturing facility in Anaheim in 2011 to produce CSM reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes for municipal, industrial and residential markets. Following a competitive bid process, the OCWD Board of Directors authorized a purchase order of $414,299 to CSM (Woongjin Chemical America, Inc.) for 1,050 membranes that are currently being rolled, assembled and tested at its facility in Anaheim.

As membranes age, overall performance, including permeability and rejection, decline and the membranes need to be replaced. The expected lifespan of membranes is five years when operating in a municipal wastewater application like the GWRS, which came on-line in 2008. The membranes being replaced were first used in a pilot facility while the GWRS was under construction and have been in service for more than six years. Installation of the new RO membranes is expected to begin in mid-January 2013.

OCWD Receives the "2012 Conservator of the Year" Award

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy honored the Orange County Water District with the "2012 Conservator of the Year" award at the annual Conservator of the Year luncheon on December 7. This prestigious award is presented to an individual, business or organization that promotes or sponsors the ideals of environmental conservation through innovative ideas, scientific discovery, conservation projects, education, technological improvements and breakthroughs.

OCWD was acknowledged for its leadership in environmental conservation in groundwater quality, reliability and sustainability. It was also recognized for its commitment and dedication to conservation through its highly acclaimed

Groundwater Replenishment System, the Children's Water Education Festival, the Arundo donax removal program in the Santa Ana Watershed, habitat restoration and water quality treatment at its Prado Wetlands and various groundwater clean-up programs throughout Orange County.

Orange County Water District is honored to be recognized for its leadership in groundbreaking technology and initiatives in water conservation, sustainability and youth education.

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is a non-profit, non-political organization established to ensure the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, Calif. For more information on the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, please visit www.bolsachica.org.

Collaboration with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Orange County Water District is working with the Los Angeles Army Corps of Engineers to pursue federal funding for the Prado Basin Feasibility Study (Study). The Study provides an opportunity to develop comprehensive solutions for Prado Basin's ecosystem, sediment and water conservation issues impacting the counties of Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside and the cities of Ontario and Chino. It explores prospects for additional stormwater capture using a comprehensive watershed approach. Costly and limited imported water availability from the State Water Project and Colorado River has heightened the need to enhance water supply by increasing local stormwater capture.

The Prado Basin is located behind the Prado Dam, which is the primary flood control facility along the Santa Ana River. When the dam was built, the Corps, which owns and manages the dam, considered conservation an incidental function of it. Initially, the water conservation level behind the dam was limited to a small amount, which has increased through time. OCWD uses part of the water captured behind the dam to recharge the groundwater basin it manages. This saves water users millions of dollars in imported water purchases.

OCWD and the City of Ontario successfully secured support for the Study from Orange and San Bernardino County congressional members and local elected officials. District staff has worked closely with the USACE local and regional offices to align the project more closely with the Administration's agency objectives. OCWD is committed to working with the USACE to develop solutions for Prado Basin's ecosystem, sediment and water conservation issues and to expedite the Study.

Support the Nation's Largest Water Education Festival!

The Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute and the OCWD Groundwater Guardian Team will present the 17th annual Children's Water Education Festival March 27-28, 2013, at the University of California, Irvine. The event is the largest water festival of its kind in the nation and will educate nearly 7,000 Orange County third, fourth and fifth grade students about water and the environment.

The mission of the Festival is to educate students about water-related and conservation issues that correspond to California Science Standards. The Festival teaches youth to think about our environment and make a difference in protecting our natural resources for today, tomorrow and future generations.

The Festival is provided at no cost to schools, making public and private financial support crucial to the success of this educational event and its continued growth. In addition to monetary and in-kind donations, the Festival requires more than 400 volunteers, staff and presenters. To sponsor, donate supplies, present an activity or volunteer, please contact Amanda Gavin at (714) 378-3202 or agavin@ocwd.com.

Visit www.childrenwaterfestival.com to learn more and watch a brief video about the event.

December Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Linda Koki, Senior GIS Analyst, who was recognized by OCWD as the December employee of the month. In addition to her workload, Linda assumed the responsibilities of a staff member who recently left OCWD. She also assisted with the review and interview process to fill the vacant position and trained the new hire. Linda has worked for the District since 2004 and has always maintained a positive attitude and produced high-quality work.

The OCWD employee of the month program was established to recognize outstanding District employees and to acknowledge their contributions to OCWD. The program recognizes employees for high quality work, promoting team work, cost saving ideas and a high level of dedication to their work. The District recognizes that OCWD employees are the source of its strength, reputation and innovation. Great job Linda!

Welcome OCWD New Employees

In late October Stephen Strand and Jeremiah, "Jerry," McDonald became members of the OCWD family. Stephen was hired as a GIS Analyst in the Department of Hydrogeology. He is responsible for generating maps and reports using GIS software, in addition to developing, analyzing, and maintaining GIS data and associated applications. Jerry is part of the purchasing department and was hired as a temporary part-time warehouse technician. He is tasked with performing various warehouse activities including receiving deliveries, monitoring inventory and helping to maintain and organize the warehouse.

November Tours

OCWD hosted more than 260 guests for tours of the GWRS. The District would like to thank these guests, which included staff from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power; students from Coastline Community, Orange Coast and Cypress Colleges; the public tour; delegates from the Seoul City Development Division in Korea; a delegation from Vietnam and staff from CDM; nursing students from California State University, Fullerton and Long Beach; a legislative analyst from the State Water Resources Control Board; students from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a group from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Public tours of the Groundwater Replenishment System are offered at
10 a.m. on the first Friday of every month; reservations are required. Tours may be scheduled for other days of the week, depending on staff availability. To schedule a tour or to request more information, please contact Becky Mudd at (714) 378-3362 or bmudd@ocwd.com. To schedule a speaker, please contact Rose Wilke at (714) 378-3206 or rwilke@ocwd.com. You may also visit www.ocwd.com to schedule these activities online.

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