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.

President's Message

Shawn Dewane
On June 2, the Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) was recognized on a global platform during Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) for more than 80 years of planning and investing in innovative water reliability projects. As the sixth recipient of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, the District was commended for its pioneering work in groundwater management and water reclamation using advanced water reuse technologies and its extensive water quality monitoring. Its public outreach efforts and achievements in public policy were also lauded as a success in garnering support for projects and educating stakeholders. Signature educational events OCWD is recognized for are the Children's Water Education Festival and the O.C. Water Summit.

This is a tremendous achievement for the District and we are proud to share this honor with our dedicated employees and partners who make projects like the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) possible. OCWD will continue to build upon and share its successes, so that Orange County and other communities have a roadmap to water reliability. But it doesn't stop here.

While innovative projects and successful groundwater management have helped make the Orange County region significantly less vulnerable to drought than other cities and counties in California, we need to do more to protect and maximize water supplies. We must tap into the 1.3 billion gallons of treated wastewater from our sewer systems that are lost to the Pacific Ocean every day in Southern California. We must also explore alternative solutions such as ocean desalination and water transfers to strengthen our water reliability portfolio.

OCWD will continue to use science, technology and proven experience to ensure sustainable water supplies for today, tomorrow and for future generations. The more than 40 awards it has received are a testament to its diligence and dedication to accomplish this mission.

GWRS Makes Room for Expansion

The world's largest advanced water purification system for potable reuse is getting even bigger. The Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) is nearing completion of an initial expansion and will soon produce 100 million gallons of water per day (100 MGD). OCWD took a major step towards this milestone as it shut down the plant for an estimated 21 days to connect piping and electrical and control tie-ins necessary to incorporate the expansion into the existing facility.

Since its inception the GWRS has produced more than 135 billion gallons of water that has helped replenish Orange County's groundwater basin managed by the District, while also providing water to its seawater intrusion barrier to protect the basin.

When completed in early 2015, the $143 million expansion will bring the total GWRS production to 103,000 acre-feet of water per year (AFY), enough for 850,000 people. To read a press release about the expansion and to view videos of its progress, please visit www.gwrsystem.com.

Bond…Water Bond

Drawing inspiration from the James Bond movie series, the 7th annual O.C. Water Summit was hosted to engage and inform participants about today's most important water issues, projects and emerging technologies. Nearly 400 individuals attended the event hosted by the Orange County Water District and the Municipal Water District of Orange County. They heard from business leaders, the agriculture industry and policy makers about topics such as solutions to fix the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta, the importance of water reliability to food production and the economy and the politics of the proposed water bond. Featured speakers included U.S. Congressman John Garamendi, California State Under-Secretary of Food and Agriculture Sandra Schubert, Hurley Vice President of Global Outreach Ben Edwards and The Coca-Cola Company Vice President of Environment and Sustainability Bruce Karas.

The O.C. Water Summit was made possible by generous sponsors, expert speakers and interested participants. It sought to engage citizens and leave them with the knowledge and know-how to make informed policy decisions and take actions that will ensure Southern California's water supplies remain reliable not only for today but also for years to come.

To view presentations and video footage of the event, please visit www.ocwatersummit.com. Stay tuned for information about next year's Summit, which will take place May 15, 2015.

OCWD Resumes MBI Project


This month the Orange County Water District resumed the second phase of its Mid Basin Injection (MBI) Well Project that began in 2011. Once completed this project will expand the Groundwater Replenishment System distribution system, increase north and central Orange County's water supply and ensure ongoing water quality.

During the first phase of this project OCWD constructed three wells. The second phase will make the wells operational and able to directly inject 2,000-3,000 acre-feet a year of GWRS water into the groundwater basin OCWD manages. The basin is a vital resource to north and central Orange County as it supplies water to 19 cities and water agencies serving more than 2.4 million residents.

The MBI project aligns with OCWD's mission to provide local water retailers with reliable, high-quality water. For more information, please refer to the project fact sheet posted at OCWD's Construction Updates.

June Employee of the Month

The OCWD employee of the month (EOM) program was established to recognize outstanding District employees and to acknowledge their contributions to OCWD. The program commends employees for high-quality work, promoting teamwork, cost-saving ideas, and a high level of dedication to their work. The District recognizes OCWD employees as the source of its strength, reputation and innovation.

Quan Kha, a new organic lab technician, was recognized as the June EOM. He implemented a creative sample processing technique that improved the extraction procedure for Method 539 established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This method is part of the EPA's third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR3). The District is one of three public agency labs to provide a full UCMR3 program.

Quan's new sampling technique is more efficient and has saved the District thousands of dollars in resources. He is a highly motivated employee who is always willing to take on additional duties and strives to develop innovative approaches to improve the lab's operations. Thank you and congratulations Quan!

May Tours

Nearly 300 guests toured the GWRS and other OCWD facilities in May. Following is a list of those groups and individuals: the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Water Recycling Group; students from Citrus College; members of the public tour; nursing students from California State University, Long Beach; staff from Water Environment Federation; representatives from Perc Water; students from Biola University; students from Edison High School's Adult Transition Program; students from the University of California, Irvine; students from Mount San Jacinto College; Michael Glenn; a director from East Orange County Water District; students from Serrano Elementary School; staff from Hydranautics; and students from Santiago Canyon College.

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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