Municipal Water Disrict of Orange County
ISSUE 4, VOLUME 8, APRIL/May 2014
Message to Our Readers

Water is serious business, and businesses throughout the country are serious about water reliability. Although the amount of water we'll receive this year from the State Water Project was recently increased from zero percent of our allocation to now five percent, the drought and our aging water system are real threats. The increasing demands on our region's water supplies, infrastructure and ecosystems present an imminent threat with potentially catastrophic consequences. An engaged, collaborative effort between resource agencies and policymakers to protect our water resources and repair/replace aging infrastructure is critically important to the region's future, especially to our economy and jobs. Most business leaders and residents of Orange County have no idea that the water crisis is 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. More than 400 business professionals, water agencies and elected officials will be brought together at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim to examine impacts of the deterioration of the Sacramento San Joaquin Bay Delta, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, agriculture cut-backs, the drought, as well as proposed Water Bonds. You do not need to be an engineer or water expert to find this event valuable! The program is not technical in nature; rather, it features individuals who realize the importance of water reliability, many of whom are experiencing direct impacts from the drought and will share this information in an easy-to-understand format. For more information about this year's Water Summit, or to view the program from last year, please visit www.ocwatersummit.com. We hope to see you there!

 

  

Bond...Water Bond
By Darcy Burke, MWDOC

This year's Orange County Water Summit is taking some inspiration from the James Bond movie series to engage and inform participants. Here is a sneak peak at some of the sessions and what you can expect.

 

Live and Let Die: The Summit kicks off with the classic, "Live and Let Die" - Find out what policymakers, including Congressman John Garamendi, think we should be doing to fix the issues in the Bay Delta, finish the State Water Project, and ensure water reliability for over 25 million Californians.


You Only Live Twice: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta is on life support; it is barely surviving its second life as a water delivery system, farming region, and home for invasive species. Opponents to the current approach of addressing these concerns (the Bay Delta Conservation Plan) want the Delta "restored." Dr. Robin Grossinger of the San Francisco Estuary Institute has spent years developing the model of what the Delta looked like before levies, before water delivery, and before invasive species took over. Curt Schmutte, a well-recognized Delta expert, will take us from the Delta of yester-year that Dr. Grossinger will share to a current look at the Delta today and then on to what the future may look like.


From California with Love:
No industry has been hit harder by pumping restrictions and the drought than agriculture. Farmers from throughout the state will be joined by Sandra Schubert, California State Under-Secretary of Food and Agriculture, in a moderated panel discussion about the importance of water reliability to food production and California's economy.

 
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The Importance of Water Reliability to the Home Building Industry

By Dan Boyd, President, BIASC Board of Directors

The Building Industry Association of Southern California Inc., (BIASC) represents over 1,000 member companies throughout the Southern California region that are dedicated to providing new homes and communities for an ever-increasing California population. A vital part of responsible community planning includes assuring that sufficient and reliable public services and infrastructure exist to support emerging communities, not only at build out, but well into the future.

Since the Southwest region is dependent upon importing a significant portion of its water through the State Water Project and the Colorado River aqueduct, it is vital that we continue to actively invest in local and regional water supply infrastructure, including conveyance and storage, in order to be certain that the communities BIASC members build can be certain of a dependable future water supply.  

The connectivity between water resource management and viable sustainable development in the South Coast Basin is absolute, and BIASC is a dedicated partner with our water resource agencies and an involved steward in managing our water resources.  

 

 

Spruce Up Your Sprinkler System and Save 

By EPA WaterSense   

Now is the perfect time to spruce up your irrigation system before you ramp up your watering efforts this spring and summer. To get started, follow these four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.

 

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads. If you're not the do-it-yourself type, go with a pro - look for an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled irrigation program.    
  • Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water is pooling in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.    
  • Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to your lawn or prized plants.    
  • Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system's schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

Don't forget to add "sprinkler spruce-up" to your spring cleaning list this year. Learn more about maintaining a water-smart yard by visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor.

 

Board of Directors
MWDOC Board of Directors
Calendar of Events

May 14 @ 8:30 am:  
Administration & Finance Committee Meeting

May 19 @ 8:30 am:
Public Affairs & Legislation Committee Meeting  

May 21 @ 8:30 am:
Board Meeting

May 22 @ 8:30 am:
Executive Committee Meeting


June 2 @ 8:30 am:
Planning & Operations Committee Meeting  

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


"What are you doing this spring to reduce your outdoor water use?" 
  • Replacing turf with drought friendly landscapes   
  • Repairing sprinkler leaks 
  • Watering only in the early AM or late PM 
  • Replacing pop-up spray heads with water efficient rotating nozzles
  • Installing a "smart" sprinkler timer that automatically adjusts to current weather conditions 
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eCurrents Readers Are Split in Their Support for a Water Bond...
 
Last month we asked eCurrents readers whether or not they would support a Water Bond on the November ballot. A mere 38% of respondents said they would support a bond, while 19% said they would not! The highest percentage of respondents - 43% - said their support depends on what the bond entails. We're still waiting to see which bond, if any, will make the ballot! 
 
Last Chance to Register for the 7th Annual OC Water Summit!!
 
Time is running out to register for the 7th Annual Orange County Water Summit! Don't miss the chance to have your seat at the table as leaders from business, agriculture, and policy discuss today's more important water-related issues.
 
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