Aging infrastructure, droughts, and environmental concerns are stressing water systems everywhere. Moreover, the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan is a reminder that we can’t take our water for granted. This will be a discussion-based local forum and will focus on challenges and opportunities for the future of Southern California's water system.
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Environment (Session Lead: Dr. Diego Rosso, University of California, Irvine) This session will cover environmental aspects of the water system, including protecting species/environment, ecology, contaminants of concern, risks of water reuse, and the water-energy nexus.
Innovation/Technology (Session Lead: Dr. David Feldman, University of California, Irvine)This session will cover out-of-the-box thinking and will include discussion not only of physical technology but also of water-related policy and innovative ideas.
Infrastructure (Session Lead: Jian Peng, Orange County Public Works)This session will cover water treatments, contaminants, maintenance, water system decay, supply, and utility companies.