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Water UCI Colloquium Series Water Infrastructure: California’s Aging Lifeline

Featuring Fred Adjarian, Director, El Toro Water District

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Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Light lunch served at 12:00 p.m.
Location: UCI Bren Hall, room 6011. Parking is $10 in the Anteater Parking Structure (directions). The event is free and open to the public.

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The cornerstone of ancient and modern civilization, water infrastructure is critical to ensuring a quality urban environment and key to California’s $2 trillion economy. Water utilities are responsible for reliable water systems to ensure supply, quality and public health & safety on a 24/7/365 basis. Utilities are facing significant funding hurdles as multiple generations of water infrastructure wear out. Aligning utility strategic and water  plan priorities to ensure timely development of funding options is one of several strategies considered in the repair, rehabilitation or replacement of aging water infrastructure. Water agencies must also continue to pursue proactive outreach with stakeholders about the importance of reliable, sustainable water systems and cultivate positive intergovernmental relationships by forging collaborative, durable regional partnerships. In this lecture, Mr. Adjarian will briefly discuss some of the institutional and operational implications of the recent  Oroville Dam Spillway Failure for California’s State Water Project within the context of the following question – is this California’s water infrastructure final wake-up call?


Frederick J. Adjarian was elected in November 2014 to serve on the El Toro Water District [ETWD] Board of Directors. Mr. Adjarian brings over 41 years of professional water industry experience to ETWD. This includes over 26 years managing five public and private sector water agencies. Mr. Adjarian holds a BA from UCLA in Geography-Ecosystems, and a MPA with honors from CSULB. Mr. Adjarian also earned State Water Resources Control Board Operator Certifications: Grade D-4 / Water Distribution and a Grade T-2 / Water Treatment.

Fred was appointed in 1996 by Governor Pete Wilson to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board for three years. He served as the SDRWQCB’s Spanish-speaking liaison to the California Border Environmental Cooperation Committee (Cal/BECC). A binational alliance of California, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, CAL/BECC’s focuses on environmental infrastructure needs for the California-Mexico Border region.

Mr. Adjarian presently serves as ETWD’s representative to ACWA-JPIA, the Santiago Aqueduct Commission, and the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission. He is also ETWD’s alternate representative to the South Orange County Wastewater Authority. Mr. Adjarian is an active member of the Orange County Water Association, AWWA, South Orange County Economic Coalition, Water Advisory Committee of Orange County, and Independent Special Districts of Orange County.

Fred holds a California Community Colleges Teaching Certificate, having taught California Water Resources as an adjunct faculty member at Rancho Santiago Community College. He is also a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Geography Department, and UCI’s Water Initiative Program focusing on water policy and infrastructure issues.