California's Orange County Water District A Model for Comprehensive Water Resources Management

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by Langdon W. Owen, Orange County Water District,
William R. Mills, Jr., Orange County Water District,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources:

Abstract: The Orange County Water District in Southern California has developed over several decades a water resources management program that incorporates innovative control strategies, proven management policies, and state-of-the-art technology to form a regional, perhaps national, model for groundwater management. The process has included establishment of an institutional framework to gain control of extractions from the vast groundwater resource, development of a reliable revenue base to fund operations and projects, establishment of key projects and strategies leading to the development of new local supplies to reduce reliance on imported water, and formulation of a comprehensive groundwater quality control plan. The resulting program includes the construction of groundwater recharge enhancement projects; seawater intrusion barriers and landscape irrigation systems, both supplied by reclaimed water; wellhead treatment projects; toxic control and response procedures; and drought management projects.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Hydrologic models | Resource management | Water shortage | Water quality | Groundwater management | Water reclamation | Water pollution | North America | California | United States

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