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 – Responsible Stewardship & Environmental Enhancement

Environmental stewardship in the water industry is an ongoing balance of the complex needs of humans, plants and animals. There will always be environmental challenges that compete for north and central Orange County's precious water. It's fascinating to learn how an ecosystem can include the positive involvement of man to benefit all.

The Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) is a leader in water and natural resource management, carrying out award-winning environmental programs while providing water supply benefits. Read More...

Henry T. Segerstrom
1923 - 2015
Paying Tribute to Former Director Henry Segerstrom

The Orange County Water District mourns the loss of former OCWD Director Henry T. Segerstrom who served for nearly 30 years on the District's board and helped bring water reliability to the region. Segerstrom began his service on the board in 1957 and resigned in 1984. He served as its president from 1967 through 1983 and as its first vice president from 1962 through 1967.

During his tenure as a board member, the District celebrated many important achievements including the building and operation of the internationally acclaimed Water Factory 21 (WF 21). Read More...

OCWD Sound Financial Credit Rating

Underscoring the Orange County Water District's (OCWD; the District) commitment to sound financial management, Fitch Ratings recently affirmed its 'AAA' rating. The District's financial performance was cited as being "exemplary, marked by strong financial policies, limited fixed expenditures, and a history of increasing rates in line with operating and capital costs." Since 2008, OCWD has maintained the 'AAA' rating assigned by Fitch, which benefits the District and local water rate payers by allowing it to borrow money more easily and at lower interest rates. This results in a cost savings for the 19 water retailers served by the District and their more than 2.4 million customers. Read More...

Sign Up for Liquid Motion - the 2015 OC Water Summit

Registration is now open for the 8th annual OC Water Summit, which will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort.

This year's program, titled Liquid Motion, sets imagination, innovation and investment into motion to keep water flowing. Read More...

State Department of Water Resources TAPs into OCWD

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently selected OCWD's Chief of Hydrogeology Roy Herndon to serve on the state's Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for the implementation of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Program. Read More...

JPL Scientists Presented at March WACO

As a cofounding member of the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County, OCWD was honored to host two distinguished speakers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the March WACO meeting. Read More...

IDA Conference Set for 2015

The International Desalination Association (IDA) will host its 2015 World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse in San Diego from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4. Read More...

Out in the Community

As part of its standard to forge and maintain long-term, positive and proactive relationships with members of the community and be transparent about its operations and programs, OCWD board members and staff participate, regularly, at community events and speak before civic groups. Below are a few we participated in during February.
  • Director Philip Anthony joined Ken Vecchiarelli, P.E., General Manager, Orange County District, Golden State Water Company to provide a water supply briefing to the Kiwanis Club of Cypress
  • Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson participated in a panel focusing on groundwater management at the 53rd Annual California Irrigation Institute Conference. Read More...

OCWD in the News

  • OC Register Reporter Aaron Orlowski interviewed GWRS Program Manager Mehul Patel and President Cathy Green about the GWRS Initial Expansion. Here is a link to the full article: Recycled Water Levels Will Rise
  • Cinco Dias, a Spanish business and finance newspaper, published an article about water purification technology and referenced water reuse projects throughout the world. The article contains a few paragraphs about the GWRS and Mehul Patel is quoted. Here is a link to the full story: Del Retrete al Vaso.
  • OCWD and its Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson were recently featured on California Groundwater Act's blog. The post was titled "80 Years of Successful Groundwater Management in Orange County" and profiled OCWD and its accomplishments. Here is a link to the blog: GAB – Groundwater Act Blog.
  • Bill Dunivin was interviewed about the GWRS by a writer from Treatment Plant Operator. A resulting article was published titled "A California Water District Succeeds with Indirect Reuse of Recycled Wastewater." Here is a link to the article: A California Water District Succeeds with Indirect Reuse of Recycled Wastewater.
  • An opinion article authored by General Manager Mike Markus and titled "Protecting OC's Water" ran in the Orange County Register. Here is a link to the opinion piece: Protecting O.C.'s Water.

OCWD Employees

New Employees & Promotions for February 2015

OCWD's employees are its most valuable resources. It is committed to recruiting the best and enriching their lives to grow within the industry and the District family. OCWD welcomes new employee Dan Sullivan, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist and congratulates Quan Kha, who was recently promoted from Lab Technician to Chemist within the Organic Section of the Advanced Water Quality Assurance Laboratory. Congratulations to you both.

February Tours

Thank you to the nearly 250 guests that toured OCWD's facilities in February:

Students from Edison High School, West Coast University Nursing Program, Godinez High School, San Bernardino Valley College, UCI American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and University of Southern California Sustainability class; members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Becomers Bible Study and Association of California Cities—O.C. (ACC-OC); Assemblymember Matt Harper; and other members of the public.

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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