In Midst of Record Dry Year, Potential 2008 Water Shortages, Southern California World Water Forum to Encourage College Students to Address World, Regional Water Issues

Friday Event Launches Year-Long Grant Competition for Hundreds of Students at Local Universities, Community Colleges

--()--Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:

WHAT:  More than 200 students from nearly 30 universities and 
       community colleges throughout Southern California to 
       join officials from UNICEF, Metropolitan Water District and 
       U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to kick off Southern California 
       World Water Forum. The World Water Forum is a pioneering 
       grant competition aimed at developing water-wise concepts, 
       communication strategies and technologies that can help provide
       relief to water-stressed regions, locally and internationally.

WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Board Room, Metropolitan Water District headquarters, 700 N.
       Alameda St., adjacent to historic Union Station, downtown Los
       Angeles (Los Angeles County Thomas Guide page 634, G/H-3)

PARTICIPANTS:

       College students throughout Southern California; Metropolitan
       board Chairman Timothy F. Brick; MWD General Manager Jeff
       Kightlinger; Vanessa Tobin, deputy director, Programme
       Division, UNICEF; Lorri Gray, regional director, United States
       Bureau of Reclamation; and officials from Friends of the United
       Nations, Water for People, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles
       County, local regional chapter of the American Society of Civil
       Engineers

BACKGROUND:

       As part of the United Nations' "International Decade of Fresh
       Water," Friday's event launches a competition mobilizing
       hundreds of college students throughout the Southland. The
       program will award $10,000 grants to as many as 18 college
       teams to research, develop and communicate water-use efficiency
       technology that can be employed cost-effectively in
       water-stressed regions, locally or internationally.

       The competition kicks off as water agencies throughout Southern
       California plan to deal with continuing record dry conditions
       and potential water shortages in 2008 and beyond. The World
       Water Forum is co-sponsored by Metropolitan, USBR, Sanitation
       Districts of Los Angeles County, Water for People, Friends of
       United Nations and ASCE.

Contacts

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Bob Muir, 213-217-6930; 213-324-5213, mobile

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Contacts

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Bob Muir, 213-217-6930; 213-324-5213, mobile