The December appointment of Foothill Municipal Water District Board President Richard Atwater to the National Academy of Sciences Committee (NASC) came at a time when, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor analysis, 85% of California was categorized as experiencing a severe drought.
2014 is shaping up to be no better, exacerbating the issue on the heels of a record year in which many locations across California reported record lows in rainfall.
Atwater, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, has been on the Foothill Municipal Water District Board since 1986, and his appointment to the NASC includes a two-year term. Prior to that, he served on the Crescenta Valley Water District Board. He joins 11 other nationally recognized experts to prepare a report that looks for the best information, state-of-the-art solutions, and innovative techniques of on-site water reuse of storm water and gray water.
The committee also seeks to identify fatal flaws, flood risks, as well as water quality for both the federal government and city of Los Angeles. They aim to help cities across the United States to be smarter about the kinds of infrastructure that provide more supply benefits.