CA college students to showcase water projects addressing global, regional water issues

The Southern California World Water Forum will feature water products from up to 100 students and faculty from 11 local colleges.

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 18, 2013 -- Metropolitan Water District of Southern California -- Up to 100 students and faculty from 11 local universities and community colleges will present 15 prototypes and policies developed to deal with regional and worldwide water issues as part of the Southern California World Water Forum. Many of these projects provide real-world solutions for specific water challenges. Featured projects include providing clean water for a region in El Salvador, designing a water distribution and treatment system for a health center and school for the blind in Malawi in southeast Africa, and a sustainability program for a Guatemalan community.

WHEN: Friday, April 19, at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Board Room, Metropolitan Water District headquarters, 700 N. Alameda St., adjacent to historic Union Station, downtown Los Angeles

PARTICIPANTS: Metropolitan Water District General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger; William Steele, area manager, Bureau of Reclamation; Grace Robinson Chan, chief engineer/general manager, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County; college students and faculty

About the Southern California World Water Forum

Co-sponsored by Metropolitan Water District, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, the Southern California World Water Forum awards college teams $10,000 grants to research, develop and communicate water-use efficiency technology that can be employed cost-effectively in water-stressed regions, locally or globally. Since the first World Water Forum launched in late 2004, more than 300 students from more than 20 universities and community colleges have participated in three grant cycles.

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