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OxyTalks is a series of dynamic public events that bring together some of the academy's most creative thinkers with compelling figures from the public and private sectors for a collaborative examination of American culture.
Occidental College has also created a partnership with Zócalo Public Square, an organization that creates nonpartisan discourse through live events and online. The partnership is designed to share Oxy's expertise and intellectual resources with the greater community. These highly engaging discussions reach beyond the classroom and into the Los Angeles community and around California to spark conversations around the issues that matter to us most.
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Should Our Drinking Water Come from the Ocean or the Toilet?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Moderated by Bob Sipchen, Editor-in-Chief, Sierra Magazine & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Occidental College
California’s historic drought has forced local communities to find new water supplies. But where? Some coastal cities are looking to the ocean, contemplating desalination projects that once were dismissed as too energy-intensive and expensive. Meanwhile, Orange County has looked to the toilet—turning sewage into drinking water in a process called toilet to tap—and other counties, Los Angeles among them, are preparing to follow suit. What are the risks of turning salty or dirty water into potable water? What other ways exist to recycle water in the U.S. and around the world? And, can we ever reuse enough water to supply the needs of big, dry cities like Los Angeles? West Basin Municipal Water District Board director Gloria Gray, Orange County Water District president Shawn Dewane, Water Wise president Sarah Woolf, and Cadiz Inc. president and CEOScott Slater visit Zócalo to ask whether Southern Californians will be drinking ocean water or wastewater in the coming years.
The event is free. Registration is required. Learn more or register at Zócalo Public Square.
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