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
O.C. Water Summit Program Highlights
Sound Financial Management
OCWD Commends the City of Santa Ana
IRWD Wells 21 and 22 Project
OCSD's General Manager Retires
March Tours

President's Message

Shawn Dewane
The 17th Annual Children's Water Education Festival (Festival) took place March 27-28, 2013 at the University of California, Irvine, where it hosted more than 7,000 third, fourth and fifth grade students from 72 Orange County schools. Presented by the Orange County Water District (OCWD; District), Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute, and the OCWD Groundwater Guardian Team, the Festival is an opportunity to educate students about water and the environment.
This signature event demonstrates OCWD's commitment to environmental stewardship by empowering youth to care for the planet and its many natural resources. This year approximately 60 organizations participated as Festival presenters and taught students using hands-on activities aligned with California State Science Standards. Organizations such as National Geographic, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Wyland Foundation, local universities and city and county agencies participate in Festival year after year to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing our youth's environmental education.

The Festival is not possible without the support of the presenters, generous sponsors and more than 350 dedicated volunteers. On behalf of the District I would like to thank everyone who participated, especially this year's title sponsor, Used Oil Recycling. We truly cannot do it without you! Since the Festival's inception these many organizations and individuals have helped educate more than 100,000 students.

To view a list of participating sponsors, get involved or for more information about the event, please visit www.childrenwaterfestival.com or contact Amanda Gavin at (714) 378-3202, agavin@ocwd.com

O.C. Water Summit Program Highlights

Hosted by Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort and the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the O.C. Water Summit takes place Friday, May 17 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. This year's theme, "The Classic Tale of Water Past, Present and Yet to Come," will bring together a diverse group of leaders and experts in their respective fields to engage Southern California business professionals, public officials, community leaders, water stakeholders, and others in an examination of past investments in our state's water infrastructure and natural resources. Speakers include Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles, Peter McBride, co-author of "The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict" and director of "Chasing Water," Patricia Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority and many more!

If you have not yet registered for the O.C. Water Summit, please visit www.ocwatersummit.com. The early registration rate of $115 per person ends on Tuesday, May 7. After that date registration increases to $130 per person. Registration includes Summit materials, continental breakfast, lunch, self-parking and a dynamic program. Don't miss out; register today!

Sound Financial Management

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the Orange County Water District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The CAFR is a set of U.S. government financial statements comprising the financial report of a state, municipal or other governmental entity that complies with the accounting requirements published by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

This award exemplifies OCWD's commitment to sound financial management. The District's Finance Department, under the leadership of OCWD Chief Financial Officer Randy Fick, is repeatedly recognized for its superb financial accountability and reporting.

OCWD Commends the City of Santa Ana

The Orange County Water District manages the groundwater basin that provides water to 19 municipal water agencies and special districts, one of which is the city of Santa Ana, and serves more than 2.4 million people. OCWD would like to commend Santa Ana's implementation of its Deep Wells and Booster Stations Program for which it recently received a 2013 Resource Efficiency Award from the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA).

The City's Water Resources Division of the Public Works Agency was the direct recipient of the award, which fell under the category of water programs for a small utility. CMUA typically presents nine awards per year: an award for a small, medium and large utility for each of three categories including customer service, energy and water programs. This year only seven awards were presented.

The award-winning program was a proactive measure taken by Santa Ana to optimize the efficiency of its water system and to better serve its residential, commercial and industrial customers. The project benefits include energy savings, conserving water resources, reduction of operating costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. For more about the project or the city of Santa Ana, visit www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pwa/.

IRWD Wells 21 and 22 Project

The Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) provides drinking water, sewage collection and treatment, recycled water, and urban runoff treatment to Central Orange County. It serves the City of Irvine and portions of the Cities of Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange and unincorporated Orange County.

IRWD recently completed the Wells 21 and 22 Rehabilitation, Pipelines and Water Treatment Plant project, which will help satisfy increasing demand for water by providing approximately 6,700 acre-feet per year of drinking water. It recovers and treats local impaired groundwater for use in the potable water system. Wells 21 and 22 were drilled in 1992, but were found to have elevated levels of total dissolved solids, nitrates, and hardness that prevented them from being used for drinking water. At that time, treating the water was not a cost-effective solution.

In 2010, IRWD received approximately $10 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the United States Bureau of Reclamation to partially fund this $40-million project. The ARRA funding made it possible to connect the two wells to the IRWD drinking water system and build a water treatment plant to ensure the water would be suitable for potable use.

Construction for the project began in 2011 and was completed in early 2013. Adding this new source of drinking water helps ensure IRWD has a diversified, safe and reliable water supply. For more information about IRWD, please visit www.irwd.com.

OCSD's General Manager Retires

The relationship between OCWD and the Orange County Sanitation District has been cultivated over nearly 40 years of cooperation that began with Water Factory 21 in the 1970s and continues today with the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) and its Initial Expansion.

OCWD and its board of directors have had the opportunity to work closely with OCSD's General Manager Jim Ruth since 2005. He was instrumental in bringing the two agencies together to build the

GWRS. The Board and staff would like to commend and congratulate Jim on his dedication and successful leadership at OCSD and wish him well in his retirement. Jim helped strengthen the public partnership between OCSD and OCWD that serves as a model for other agencies to come together and maximize their talent and resources to solving water and infrastructure challenges. As Jim Herberg, who held the position of OCSD's Director of Engineering, assumes the role of General Manager the District looks forward to working with him and his staff as they continue OCSD's legacy of success and collaboration.

March Tours

OCWD would like to thank its local, national and international visitors for touring the Groundwater Replenishment System. From January through March 2013, OCWD hosted 45 tours of it for 895 guests. Following is a list of March tour guests: the public tour; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Water Recycling Planning Group; members of the Mono Lake Committee; water distribution students from San Bernardino Valley College; environmental science students from Katella and Huntington Beach High Schools; nursing, health science and community/public health students from California State University, Fullerton; earth science students from the University of California, Irvine; students from Rancho Santiago College; a delegation of staff from China's EPA; Estancia High School students; staff from Mohave Water District; Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and dignitaries from Kazakhstan.

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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