California's water crisis, by Halla Razak

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine (5911 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92111, 858-278-7770)

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How San Diego is confronting California’s Epic Drought. What is the $2-Billion Dollar Pure Water Capital Improvement project all about? Where will our tap water come from next?

This presentation will discuss Pure Water San Diego, the City’s phased, multi-year program to provide a safe, reliable and drought-proof drinking water supply for San Diego. 

Proven water purification technology will be used to produce one-third of San Diego’s drinking water supply locally by 2035, with an initial facility expected to come online in 2021. Attendees will learn about San Diego’s water sources and challenges (including the current drought), as well as the results of the City’s Water Purification Demonstration Project and the plan for building full-scale water purification facilities. Visit for more information.

Note: Attendance to this event is FREE to all AIAP members and also students.

About the speaker: Halla Razak

Department Director, City of San Diego, Public Utilities Department

Halla Razak is the Director of the Public Utilities Department for the City of San Diego and is responsible for both the daily operation of the City’s Water, Wastewater and regional wastewater sub-system as well as planning to ensure the future reliability of these services. These City systems provide water, recycled water and wastewater services to over 1.3 million customers.  The regional wastewater system has sufficient capacity to accommodate a regional population in excess of 2.5 million. The Wastewater System covers approximately 450 square miles with a population of over 2.2 million.   

Under her leadership the Public Utilities Department is currently developing a unique water reuse program that will help increase water supply reliability for the future of San Diego while also ensuring environmental protection for our ocean environment.

Prior to rejoining the City of San Diego, Razak worked for eight years as the Colorado River Program Director for the San Diego County Water Authority and 18 years prior to that as Chief Deputy Director for the City of San Diego’s Engineering and Capital Projects Department.

Razak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton and a Masters degree in engineering from San Diego State University.

She is an active member of several Water and Wastewater professional associations.  Razak resides in San Diego with her husband Nagy and children Lara and Rami. 

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45pm)
7:00 pm - 7:40 pm - Short Presentation and music
7:40 pm - 8:00 pm - Break and Networking
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lecture and Q&A

Please note that all Non-RSVP attendees will be charged $5 extra for dinner.

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