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California's Water Challenge

Water is life. We simply need it to survive. Where does our water come from? The faucet is only the final stop. Depending on where you are in the world, your supply may be drawn from groundwater, surface water such as lakes, rivers or reservoirs, or desalinated seawater. Getting water to your faucet can also be difficult. California has one of the most elaborate water delivery systems on the planet, supplied with giant pumps and thousands of miles of pipes and canals. The states world-renowned plumbing is now perilously stressed, forcing mandatory water restrictions for many residents.

The members of this distinguished panel will discuss Californias water challenge; from a supply and quality perspective focusing on available technologies, policy and potential solutions.

Panel of Experts:

    Kip Lipper
    Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Office of the CA Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
    Scott Taylor '90
    Senior Vice President with RBF Consulting and Chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)
    Stephen Arakawa
    Manager of the Bay-Delta Initiatives Program
    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
    Kent Peterson 86, Moderator
    Vice President and Chief Engineer, P2S Engineering Inc.
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