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 -
Investigating Water
Supply Options
The Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) board of directors recently convened a special board meeting to consider approval of a term sheet, which would be another step forward toward a possible agreement with Poseidon Resources to purchase 50 million gallons of water a day (56,000 acre-feet annually) from its Huntington Beach Ocean Desalination Plant. With a vote of 7 ayes and 3 noes, the board approved the term sheet.

In January, the board voted to begin negotiating the term sheet with Poseidon Resources and since then, it has done its due diligence to analyze the project and acquire input. During March and April, the District established and engaged a 20-member citizen's advisory committee, which met on multiple occasions with OCWD staff and an independent facilitator, to provide input about the term sheet. This input helped District staff in its negotiations and resulted in changes made to the term sheet.

With approval of the term sheet, the District plans to conduct numerous studies and further analyses prior to considering a final water purchase contract with Poseidon Resources. Consultants hired to assist the District in its ongoing analysis of the project will help determine the best way to use the Poseidon water and integrate it into the existing supplies within OCWD, evaluate the reliability of imported water that is brought into the area and review alternative water supply sources that can be considered.

As California is in the midst of its fourth year of a serious drought, it is imperative that agencies explore all options and invest in projects that create long-term water reliability. That is why, next month, OCWD will come online with a $142 million expansion of its Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), which will bring total water production to 100 million gallons of water a day. With this project, the District will be recycling 100 percent of the available wastewater from the Orange County Sanitation District's Plant No. 1, located in the City of Fountain Valley.

But the District is not stopping here. It is concurrently exploring a final expansion of the GWRS, increasing stormwater capture and enhancing its complex groundwater recharge system. There is much work to be done to create a reliable water future for the region and OCWD will continue to explore and implement projects that help it fulfill its mission to provide an adequate, reliable and high-quality water supply to local water retailers at the lowest reasonable cost and in an environmentally responsible manner.

It is extremely important to us to keep the public engaged and informed of our research and in this current ongoing process. We will continue to move forward and judiciously analyze the Huntington Beach project and all future possibilities that promote the development of a diverse portfolio of reliable water sources.

To review OCWD's special board meeting agenda, which contains the term sheet, staff presentations and other relevant information, please visit the Special Meeting Board of Directors for Thursday May 14, 2015 - 5:30 P.M. For more information, visit Poseidon Resources.