Tuesday September 30 / 6 p.m. / Von der Ahe Family Suite
If you asked the average person in Los Angeles where their water comes from, the common answer is: “the sink faucet” or “the pipes in the street.” Water is “out of sight; out of mind.” Ah, except when we have a drought and the media tells us we must conserve or “we are running out of water.”
For Los Angeles and Southern California, water is critical for our economic survival. But the facilities to bring us the water go largely unnoticed. We see these big canals when we drive up to Northern California, but never think much about them. Most of the water we use in Los Angeles comes from hundreds of miles away including the Colorado River, the Delta in northern California and the snow pack of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. These far-away sources are not very secure. Las Vegas, Tucson, Phoenix, along with communities in northern and central California are competing for this very limited resource. Fish and aquatic habitat depend on this water too. We can’t take it all. But we need it! What are we going to do?
One of the most important things we can do is to learn about our water supply so we can make intelligent decisions on water use and also in the ballot box.
At this presentation, Professor Joseph Reichenberger will describe the sources of water for Los Angeles, some of the issues relating to the reliability of supply from these sources, the competing interests, and alternative sources such as water recycling and desalination. The impacts of climate change on these sources will be discussed too.
Mr. Reichenberger is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Graduate Civil Engineering and Environmental Science Programs here at LMU. He is a board certified environmental engineer, licensed civil engineer in California and 4 other western states and is a Grade T5 Water Treatment Plant Operator. He has over 50 years of professional experience planning and designing water and wastewater treatment facilities, water distribution and water recycling facilities in the U.S. and abroad.
This event, co-sponsored by the William H. Hannon Library and the Department of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, is free and open to the public, and will be of interest to anyone concerned with the future of our water supply here in Los Angeles. Light refreshments will be served.