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The Big Gamble That Helped Drought-Proof Orange County

by Cathy Greenvia Eureka
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In 1997, the Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) started a very risky venture. It managed a large groundwater basin in Southern California, but, due to a growing population, cyclical droughts, and the need for additional freshwater barriers to push back seawater intrusion from the Pacific Ocean, OCWD needed another reliable source of water.