In This Issue:

Message from the President
EPA Guidelines for Water Reuse
The Mesa Water Reliability Facility
Wyland Foundation's National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
OCWD Staff Elected President of SARBS
OCWD Staff Appointed to PRSA Board
March Employee of the Month
February Tours

President's Message

Shawn Dewane
The Orange County Water Summit has become a signature water community event. This year's 6th annual Summit will take place at the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please join us for this innovative, interactive forum, which is co-hosted by Orange County Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County and Disneyland Resort.

This year's summit theme is "The Classic Tale of Water Past, Present, and Yet to Come." It will examine and evaluate our past investments in water infrastructure and related natural
resource projects, identify new potential projects to meet future demand, and discuss the challenges and benefits of creating public-private financial partnerships to invest in future water reliability. The event includes networking opportunities for financial professionals and firms to engage with general managers, executive management and elected officials who are making key decisions about multi-million dollar infrastructure projects in California. Nearly 500 attendees are expected including Southern California business professionals, international, national and state water industry stakeholders, elected officials, environmentalists, scientists and community leaders.

An engaging program has been planned that includes speakers such as Peter McBride, co-author of "The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict" (2010) and director of "Chasing Water." To view the full program, sponsor the event or register to attend, please visit . I hope to see you there!


The 2012 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guidelines for Water Reuse were recently published. More than 300 reuse experts, practitioners, and regulators contributed text, technical reviews, regulatory information, and case studies. The Groundwater Replenishment

System (GWRS) is featured in one case study and weaved throughout pertinent sections of the guidelines. The case study was prepared by OCWD staff: General Manager Mike Markus, GWRS Program Manager Mehul Patel and Director of Water Production Bill Dunivin.

The document's primary purpose is to facilitate further development of water reuse by serving as an authoritative reference on water reuse practices. It updates and builds on the 2004 Guidelines for Water Reuse by incorporating information on water reuse that has been developed since the 2004 document was issued. It includes an updated overview of regulations and guidelines addressing water reuse, regulatory frameworks, advances in wastewater treatment technologies relevant to reuse, best practices, more than 100 new case studies from around the world that highlight how reuse applications can and do work in the real world and much more. You may view the published document at


Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) provides water service to more than 110,000 customers in an 18-square-mile area. Its service area includes the City of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach, and some unincorporated sections of Orange County, including the John Wayne Airport.

Mesa Water recently completed the upgrade of its water treatment facility formerly called the Colored Water Treatment Facility and renamed the Mesa Water Reliability Facility (MWRF). The award-winning project finished on time, in two years, and under budget. Its additional output helps the District reach the Mesa Water Board's long-standing vision of providing 100 percent of customers' water needs with local water supplies.

The MWRF pumps amber-colored water from the lowest depths of Orange County's Groundwater Basin and treats it for use by Mesa Water customers. The project expanded the 11-year-old treatment facility's capacity from 5.8 million gallons per day to 8.6 million gallons per day, increasing water production by 50 percent. In addition to the new nanofiltration technology and two refurbished wells, the improved MWRF now includes beautiful new landscaping with a 15,000-square-foot demonstration garden that serves as an educational element. Thirty-minute guided tours of the MWRF and garden will soon be available. Visit, email, or call (949) 631-1201 for more details.


In the state of California, nearly 20 percent of all energy consumption goes toward moving, cleaning and heating water. The value of water conservation has enormous benefits to local economies and the environment. The Wyland Foundation, in partnership with Toyota, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is hosting its second annual National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation from April 1-30, 2013.

The challenge is a friendly, community-based competition between cities across the nation to see who can be the most "water wise." To participate is easy. Residents can go online to from April 1-30, 2013, enter their city name, and then make online pledges to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of their city. Cities will compete in the following population categories for 2013: (5,000-30,000 residents; 30,000 -100,000 residents; 100,000-300,000; 300,000-600,000; and 600,000+ residents). The city with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category wins. Prizes include a Toyota Prius, water-saving home products, and more.

Last year, the challenge awarded more than $50,000 in prizes to 1,200 residents in U.S. cities. But, most importantly, participants saw real results based on simple actions they did to save water and energy. Residents from 1,000 cities in all 50 states made online pledges to save a total of 4.7 billion gallons of water in 2012, with a potential cost savings of $11.6 million. Residents further pledged to reduce their use of single-use plastic water bottles by 1.1 million bottles and eliminate 60,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds.

The Wyland Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world's ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation has been a longstanding presenter at the OCWD and Disneyland Resort's Children's Water Education Festival and encourages environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects, and community events. To learn more about Wyland, visit


OCWD Lead Maintenance Technician Bob Phillips was elected President of the Santa Ana River Basin Section (SARBS) of the California Water and Environment Association (CWEA). Bob has worked at OCWD in the water production department since 2007 and has been an active member of SARBS.

SARBS' mission is to enhance the education and technology to protect the quality of our water resources and to promote the ecological balance with the environment's other resources such as land and air. Its CWEA section supports a wide range of

training and professional certifications in maintenance technology, instrumentation and electrical, laboratory analysis, environmental compliance and other areas. Please visit for more information about the organization.


Gina DePinto was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Orange County chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) as Chair of the Advocacy Committee. PRSA is the world's largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. It provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession. Gina has been a member of PRSA off and on for more than 20 years.

Gina is also seeking her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) administered through PRSA and the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB). Less than 20 percent of all public relations practitioners in the U.S. have earned an APR designation. Becoming accredited assures that a certain standard of quality is met. In a profession where licensure is not required and many people practice public relations without knowing key competencies and appropriate ethical guidelines for decision-making, earning the APR credential communicates that one has the requisite knowledge for principled public relations expertise and proficiency.


The OCWD employee of the month (EOM) 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.

Mark Yamamoto was recognized as the March EOM. He is a supervising chemist in OCWD's Advanced Water Quality Assurance Laboratory. Mark has demonstrated excellence by helping the laboratory improve the performance of its mission to support the Groundwater Replenishment System, groundwater producers and the groundwater basin monitoring programs through his effective management of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Through this system Mark also provides critical support for the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR3) program mandated by USEPA. Mark has gone above and beyond to update LIMS and ensure its data and reports are accurate. Congratulations Mark!


In February there were 13 tours hosted for approximately 206 guests. Tours included the GWRS monthly public tour; staff from the Mojave Water Agency; staff from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District; newly elected board members and alternates from the Orange County Sanitation District; a group of 80 environmental science students from Brea Olinda High School; a group of Japanese executives from Toray Industries; a group of 25 attendees from the ACWA/JPIA Southern California Human Resources Group; health science students from California State University, Fullerton; a delegation of Chinese water managers; staff from Disneyland Resort's Horticulture department; California State University, Fullerton Extended Education Program and a group of 15 engineers and internet technology executives from Russia; and Michael J. Carroll, a partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP and the global Co-Chair of Latham's Energy and Infrastructure Project Siting and Defense Practice.

To schedule a tour or to request more information, please contact Becky Mudd at (714) 378-3362 or . You may also visit .