Water Agencies, Business Leaders Dive in at OC Water Summit

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Representatives from several water agencies and business groups, including the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce (GICC), gathered for the OC Water Summit on June 16 at the Grand California Hotel at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim to learn more about options, case studies, costs, and pitfalls associated with water management systems.

“Orange County water agencies are on the cutting edge of innovation with water recycle and reuse technologies. Agencies such as Irvine Ranch Water District and Orange County Water District are recognized around the globe. These efforts coupled with future supply and storage infrastructure will help support our thriving economy,” said Whit Peterson, director of Government Affairs, GICC. “The Chamber applauds our water agencies for their forward thinking and vision as we continue to work on reliability and sustainability.”

Panelists discussed what combination of resources they are utilizing or considering for water management portfolios, including desalinization, recycling, conservation, capture and storage, and ground water management, for which Orange County earns high marks.

NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman as Master of Ceremonies provided a water forecast for Orange County and California.

 “OC has done a great job understanding, investing, and developing ground water management,” said David Sedlak, Ph.D., professor, co-director of Berkeley Water Center, and director of Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering at University of California, Berkeley.

Fast Facts:

  • There are 25 water and waste-water agencies in Orange County.
  • Out of 100 alternatives, California decided on the California WaterFix project to update the state’s aging water system.
  • California WaterFix is estimated to cost $17 billion.
  • The Water Conservation Act of 2009 established a statewide goal of reducing urban per capita water use 20 percent by 2020—which would result in an almost 651.7 billion gallons reduction by that year. (OCWD)
  • California consumers and businesses reduced water consumption an average of 22 percent statewide from June 2015 to January 2017. (Source: NY Times)
  • With nearly 900 miles of coastline, relatively few California communities are tapping into the ocean as a reliable water source.

For more information how the Chamber can advocate on behalf of your business interests, contact Whit Peterson.


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