Municipal Water Disrict of Orange County
Message to Our Readers

It is with great sadness and true sorrow that we share the news that Colonel John (Jack) Foley, Chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, has passed away. Col. Foley has represented the Municipal Water District of Orange County on the Metropolitan Board since 1989. His accomplishments and accolades could fill volumes, but what was most memorable about Col. Foley was his spirit. He was the essence of true and authentic leadership, which time and again, provided insightful direction even during the most difficult times.


Col. Foley was serving his fourth two-year term as Chairman at Metropolitan when he left us. Under his leadership and direction, Metropolitan accomplished many great things. Southern California is now enjoying the benefits of his vision, which has resulted in a reliable water supply even during extensive droughts like the one we face today.


Col. Foley was a good friend, an officer and a gentleman. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his laughter came directly from his heart. He listened. He mentored and coached. He led with purpose and unwavering integrity. He was generous with his time, knowledge and gifts. And he had the best stories - one for every occasion - and usually there was a lesson there for all of us.    


We were fortunate to have Col. Foley share his insights at a MWDOC Water Policy and Forum Dinner a few years back. That particular event brought the highest number of attendees in the history of these events. Everyone wanted to hear what he had to say because when he spoke, people listened. Event video footage is available at:

We are grateful for the service Col. Foley gave our country, our county, and our profession. He may no longer be here with us on earth, but he will never be forgotten. Information about services and ways to remember Col. Foley are provided in the following link:


Drought: An Emergency & An Opportunity
By Kelly Hubbard, WEROC

When Governor Brown Declared a Drought State of Emergency on January 17, 2014, many emergency managers thought, "What is my role in this?" and "What is my utility's role?" Drought for the typical emergency manager is a slow-moving concept that isn't fully understood and doesn't have easily recognizable impacts to health and safety (a standard parameter for defining an emergency). The emergency declaration and the governor's proactive response - with weekly conference calls, declarations, and the initiation of funding - has pushed county and city emergency managers to respond to an unfamiliar event. It has also pushed water utilities into action even if they are not yet directly impacted by the drought. An important factor in this heightened response, as compared to the 2009 drought, is that this drought does have immediate health and safety impacts - beyond just agricultural and economic impacts.

Serving as an active participant in weekly Drought Conference Calls with the California Office of Emergency Services and the Counties of Southern California has brought me to three concepts that both emergency managers and utilities need to understand. First, we truly are in a State of Emergency and we need to learn from those already taking action. Second, water utilities need to embrace this opportunity to build working relationships with all sectors of emergency response. And lastly, everyone (water utilities included) needs to recognize and track the immediate and long-term financial impacts to their agency.

Save Water Around the House

By Melissa Baum-Haley, MWDOC 

In times of drought, it is more important than ever that we use water as efficiently as possible around the house. There are a number of things you can do to join the water use efficiency movement and stop wasting water. This article will highlight areas inside and outside your home where substantial water savings can be realized. 



Toilets are one of the most used indoor devices. High efficiency toilets save an average of 38 gallons of water per day, which can reduce your water bill and save you money. Rebate level: for a limited time, you can receive $50 (or more).  



Using short blasts of water to rinse dishes (instead of running water continuously) can save nearly 5,000 gallons a year. Another way to reduce your water use is to install an aerator or under-sink flow control valve to reduce the flow rate.  


Clothes Washers

Energy Star certified clothes washers use 35% less water than regular washers. They also have a greater tub capacity (so you can wash fewer loads) and take less time to dry clothes, resulting in a 20% reduction in energy use. Rebate level: $110 (or more) per washer.  



OC Garden Friendly Program to Promote Climate Appropriate Plants 

By OC Stormwater Program and Collaborators  

During one of the worst droughts in state history, the Orange County Stormwater Program, the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) and the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) are launching Orange County Garden Friendly, a pilot program to encourage residents to install climate-appropriate plants and water efficient irrigation systems in outdoor spaces and gardens.

As part of a holistic approach to using water more efficiently during the drought, OC Garden Friendly events will be held throughout Orange County. Plants available for sale at OC Garden Friendly events are included in an extensive list of climate appropriate plants developed by UCCE. Recommended plants are organized by garden category, including ground cover, shrubs, flowers and trees.The goal is to make low-water-use plants and irrigation systems more accessible to residents, thereby reducing runoff and water waste.

The first event will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Home Depot in Huntington Beach (7100 Warner Avenue). Additional events are planned for Laguna Niguel on May 3 and Brea on May 17.
For event information, please visit
Register Now for the 7th Annual OC Water Summit!
By Darcy Burke, MWDOC     
The increasing demands on our region's water supplies, infrastructure, and ecosystems present an imminent threat with potential catastrophic consequences. An engaged, collaborative effort between resource agencies, policymakers, and community leaders to enhance and protect our water resources and repair and replace our aging infrastructure is critically important to the region's future. 

Most business leaders and residents in Orange County have no idea that the water crisis is this serious and escalating. That's why the Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County Water District, and Disneyland Resorts are presenting the seventh annual O.C. Water Summit on Friday, May 16, 2014 to address these issues and ensure Southern California's water reliability investments are protected.  

Nearly 500 business professionals, water agencies and elected officials will meet at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim to examine impacts of the deterioration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, the BayDelta Conservation Plan, agriculture cut-backs, the drought, as well as proposed Water Bonds. This year's theme, "Bond - Water Bond" provides a view to water reliability.

To register now, or for more information on this year's program and sponsorship opportunities, please visit
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Board of Directors
MWDOC Board of Directors
Calendar of Events

April 2 @ 8:30 am:
Workshop Board Meeting 

April 9
@ 8:30 am:

Administration & Finance Committee Meeting

April 14 @ 8:30 am:
Planning & Operations Committee Meeting 

April 16 @ 8:30 am:
Board Meeting

April 17 @ 8:30 am:
Executive Committee Meeting

April 21 @ 8:30 am:
Public Affairs & Legislation Committee Meeting

April 23 @ 8:30 am:
MWDOC/OCWD Joint Planning Committee Meeting 

For information on MWDOC meetings and events, please click on the calendar icon, above.

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Majority of eCurrents Readers Think Drought Will Continue...
Last month we asked eCurrents readers how long they thought the drought would continue. A striking 62% of respondents said they believe the drought will continue more than 2 years! Just 5% of respondents said they think the drought will last less than 6 months. Only time will tell what Mother Nature has in store for us!
Annual Water Awareness Contests Going On Now!

Poster & Slogan Contest
The 2014 Poster & Slogan Contest is going on now - entries are due April 4! Orange County students in grades K-5 are encouraged to submit hand-drawn posters and short slogans that reflect this year's theme, "Thirst." 20 students (15 posters and 5 slogans) will be selected as our winners. Two grand prize winners will receive either a Nintendo DS or iPad mini!

Photography & Digital Arts Contest
The third annual Photography & Digital Arts Contest is also going on now - entries are due April 4! Orange County students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit digital photos and computer-generated artwork that reflects the theme, "Thirst." 10 students will be selected as our winners. Two grand prize winners will receive an iPad mini!

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Popular Tweets & Posts

"It's easier to conserve water once you understand how and where you can use less. This quick and easy Water Calculator shows you which water uses in your home are efficient, and offers simple conservation tips that save both water and energy. Visit to find out how much water you use.
- March 7, Facebook

Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills."
 - March 19, Facebook  

"Time is running out to get your toilet rebate! Rebates of $50 (or more) are available for high efficiency toilets.


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