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Water UCI Colloquium Series The Local Water Transition for California Cities

Featuring David L. Sedlak, Ph.D.

Plato Malozemoff Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center, and Deputy Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)

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Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Light lunch served at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Doheny Room CD, UCI Student Center. Parking is $10 in the Student Center Parking Structure (Directions). 

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California’s cities developed during a period when access to an adequate supply of inexpensive, imported water could be assumed. The recent drought, predictions related to climate change, increasing pressures from growing population in other states and other factors are leading many leaders to question these assumptions.  In other parts of the world, cities have begun to transition away from reliance on imported water through the construction of seawater desalination plants.  For a variety of reasons, many Californians are averse to investments in seawater desalination.  This talk will focus on local water supply options that might serve as cost-effective alternatives to imported water that are consistent with local values.  Specifically, the technological and institutional challenges associated with the next stage of demand management, water reuse and stormwater harvesting will be considered and research needed to facilitate the transition will be identified.


David L. Sedlak is the Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the NSF engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).  Professor Sedlak’s research addresses the use of natural and engineered systems to improve water quality and new approaches for increasing the sustainability and resiliency of urban water systems.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards including the NSF CAREER Award, the Paul Busch Award for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research and the Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research.  Professor Sedlak is the author of Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource and serves as editor-in-chief of the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology.