Orange County Water District General Manager Provides Updates. Sharon Kleyne & Mike Markus Seek Better Education & More New Water Research.
Guest: Mike Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District in California
It’s great news that California’s three-year drought is ending in most parts of the state and Sharon Kleyne, the nation’s foremost water advocate and host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica, sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® recently visited with Mike Marcus, General Manager of California’s Orange County Water District to hear updates from the state’s battle with drought.
Markus, who has worked in his position since 2007 and is a Hollywood native who moved as a child to Orange County, explained to Kleyne and her audience that the Orange County Water District manages, replenishes and protects the Orange County Groundwater Basin. This is the county’s largest source of drinking water. The basin—270 square miles in size—delivers approximately 75% of the water supply to 2.4 million residents in north and central Orange County. Markus also talked at length about the fact that his district does a great job educating people about where the water comes from. He specifically mentioned one outreach program, the Children’s Water Education Festival, a rollicking two-day event attracting thousands of people to talks and interactive displays.
Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, has for years encouraged listeners and others to experience a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle. She encouraged more education and honest reportage. “Too many people are ignorant of the facts,” said Kleyne. “Then they get dismissive. They say ‘oh, it’s only water’. Well, you might just as well say, ‘it’s only life’. Believe me,” said Kleyne, “we have run out of wiggle room on this issue. If the global water crisis gets much worse, we’ll have to contend with billions of people whose health will have suffered because they’re dehydrated due to excessive evaporation of their water body vapor. At the same time,” Kleyne added, “over-evaporation of earth’s water vapor will severely compromise the air we breathe.” Kleyne praised Markus and his district for doing so much to expand education opportunities in water and developing new technology for smarter water use.
Markus shared that the Orange County District has come to rely more and more on recycled water, specifically waste water that is, after an advanced filtration process, converted into distilled water. Orange County’s is the first facility to use reverse osmosis in this process.
“The people of Orange County have a right to clean, healthy water,” Markus concluded. “We have the technology and we have the experience. Now we need the commitment from elected officials to invest in water and water education for all.”
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