UCLA summit looks at future of water in Southern California

By Stan Paul
Originally published in UCLA Newsroom

Southern California's growing population, climate change and projected gaps in imported water supplies will increase the need for local water-source development in coming years. New sources of water promise greater reliability, security and cost-effectiveness.

To explore the future of water source development in the region, UCLA will host a summit highlighting the latest research, technologies and policies; new and emerging strategies for water re-use, conservation and ocean desalination; water-conservation strategies; public-private partnerships in water-source development; communications; partnership-building; and other topics.

The event is sponsored by the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs; the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; and UCLA's Water Technology Research (WaTeR) Center.

Registration for the event is closed, but media credentials will be made available — please contact the media officer at the Luskin Center for Innovation.

The summit brings together leaders and researchers from UCLA and other universities, water agencies, nonprofits and the private sector (full list of participants). Among the participants:

Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. (opening remarks)
Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Darrell Steinberg (keynote address)
California Senate president pro tempore

Jeff Kightlinger (keynote address)
General manager and CEO of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Gretchen McClain (keynote address)
President and CEO of Xylem Inc.

8:15 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27

Japanese American National Museum
369 E. First St., Los Angeles 90012 (map)

Teresa Lara | UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation | tlara@publicaffairs.ucla.edu