Orange County California Water District Manager Mike Markus Shares Water Crisis Progress On Sharon Kleyne Radio Show

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Water Recycling Central to Turning Water Crisis around Says Mike Markus. Mike Markus & Sharon Kleyne Call for More Water Education & New Water Research.


Date aired: November 20, 2017

Guest: Mike Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District in California


Mike Markus is a native of Hollywood who moved to Orange County when he was still a child. So, he remembers the last orange groves that gave the county its name. He fell in love with the county, despite the eventual loss of the orange groves to industrialization, and he jumped at the opportunity in 2007 to become General Manager of the county’s water district.

Joining Sharon Kleyne, the nation’s foremost water advocate and evaporation expert on her nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica, sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, Marcus described how the Orange County Water District manages, replenishes and protects the Orange County Groundwater Basin.

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 explained that his district does a great job educating people about where the water comes from, how it is processed and how it is used. He specifically mentioned one outreach program he’s especially proud of, the Children’s Water Education Festival, a two-day event attracting thousands of people to talks and interactive displays. Markus shared that the Orange County Water 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. It’s efforts like this that have begun to turn around the three-year drought that plagued the state of California.

Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, applauded these new water technology breakthroughs and encouraged listeners and other interested parties to experience a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle. Kleyne also encouraged more water education and research. “We have run out of wiggle room on this issue,” warned Kleyne. “If the global water crisis gets much worse, we’ll face billions of people whose health suffers 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.”

Marcus agreed. “People have a right to clean, healthy water,” Markus concluded. “We have the technology, creativity and the experience to move forward. But we also need vision and the commitment from elected officials to invest in water and water education for everyone.”


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