Seminar to Spotlight Water-Management Techniques of the Future

Joe Mouawad of Riverside County’s Eastern Municipal Water District will discuss sustainable resource management in challenged regions

UCR will host a seminar in partnership with Joe Mouawad of Riverside County's Eastern Municipal Water District.

UCR will host a seminar in partnership with Joe Mouawad of Riverside County’s Eastern Municipal Water District.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Riverside County’s population may be on the upswing, but its water supply isn’t. As the Inland Empire continues to grow, devising creative solutions that address the disparity will become increasingly crucial — but how?

Enter the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), an agency established in 1950 with the goal of managing the then-rural region’s water supply for long-term success. Over the past 60-plus years, the agency’s service area has expanded, with EMWD now responsible for supplying water to more than 550 square miles of Inland Empire terrain — including residential communities and commercial developments — between Moreno Valley and Temecula.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Library at the University of California, Riverside will host a seminar with presenter Joe Mouawad, who since 2006 has served as EMWD’s assistant general manager of planning, engineering, and construction, overseeing 10 departments and 160 staff members and consultants working in areas as varied as supply planning and conservation.

The seminar, scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 240 of the Orbach Science Library, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged. Parking for the event is free in Lot 13, and permits can be obtained from on-site attendants.

“It’s important for people inside and outside of UCR to see how water managers such as Joe deal with real-life issues in real-world settings,” said seminar organizer Ariel Dinar, a professor of environmental economics and policy in SPP who has spent decades spearheading research and policy interventions related to water economics and climate change.

EMWD’s portfolio includes a variety of supply sources and systems, including water imported from the agency’s primary wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; local filtration plants; groundwater desalination, recharge, and extraction facilities; and a nationally recognized recycled-water program.

“One challenge this particular region faces is that it has a growing population to serve,” Dinar said. “It’s also a challenge that during periods of drought, the region faces reductions to its water supply from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which often means Riverside County ends up having to purchase more expensive water from other contractors.”

Mouawad received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona, and a master’s degree in the same field from UCLA. He is a registered civil engineer in the state of California, and has worked for more than 26 years in both private and public sectors of the water industry and as an adjust professor at Cal Poly Pomona, providing instruction in engineering management.

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Ariel Dinar
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