Water Infrastructure: Webinar Focuses on California’s Aging Systems

By: Service Line Warranty Program

Don’t miss our latest webinar, focusing on the aging infrastructure challenges facing California residents and utilities, “California’s Aging Infrastructure: Are Your Homeowners Prepared to Handle the Unexpected Worry and Cost of Emergency Home Repairs?” The webinar is taking place on February 24 at 11 a.m. PST and 2 p.m. EST .

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The American Society of Civil Engineers gave California a C-minus for its overall infrastructure, including a C-plus for wastewater systems, a C for drinking water systems and a D-plus for stormwater systems. The average age of wastewater systems serving 40 million Californians is 40 years old, but large swaths of the drinking water infrastructure serving some of our largest communities are 80 to 100 years old. In many of the state’s rural areas, water is sourced from wells, which may not withstand increasing and intensifying droughts. Much of the state’s stormwater infrastructure is more than 80 years old and it will require billions of dollars in investment to ensure the quality of California’s drinking water sources.

Even as counties, municipalities and utilities grapple with these issues, California homeowners are facing continual challenges with aging water and sewer infrastructure, and the state is anticipated to require over $50 billion dollars over the next 20 years to address drinking water infrastructure alone. The problem is compounded by the pandemic which has caused a $54 billion state deficit and unprecedented financial stress for California municipalities and citizens.

Our panel will discuss solutions that can help improve public and private infrastructure; recover lost revenue; educate and protect homeowners; and assist disadvantaged citizens in your community. Panelists will include Cameron McKay, General Manager, Kingsbury General Improvement District; Kirk Ross, Member Engagement Manager – West Region, National League of Cities; Jennifer McCoy, Finance and Accounting Manager, Diablo Water District; and Bill Coffey, Regional Manager, HomeServe & NLC Service Line Program.

water infrastructureCameron McKay started in the water industry in 1992 as a water operator for Kingsbury General Improvement District (KGID). Seven years later, he moved to a neighboring water district to serve as their GM. He has since moved back to KGID and has served as their General Manager for the past 13 years. KGID is a water and wastewater utility located near the south shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, using Lake Tahoe as their water source. It is a small, but complicated, system serving 2,650 customers with 32 separate pressure zones. Cameron is the President of the Nevada Rural Water Association and sits on the Executive Committee for the National Rural Water Association.

 

water infrastructure Kirk H. Ross is the NLC Membership Engagement Manager for West Region, covering New Mexico to Alaska and providing value to NLC Members through benefits, engagement and customer service. The National League of Cities is an organization comprised of city, town and village leaders that are focused on improving the quality of life for their current and future constituents. Together, their mission is to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions.

 

Jennifer McCoy will discuss aging infrastructureJennifer McCoy is the Finance and Accounting Manager for the Diablo Water District. She has been with  the Diablo Water District for 16 years and in her current role for a decade. The Diablo Water District serves potable water for approximately 45,000 residents in 12,500 households and businesses in Oakley, Calif. The water district operates with a staff of 10 field employees and seven office employees under the guidance under an elected five-member Board of Directors, selected by the ratepayers.

 

Bill Coffey will speak on water infrastructureBill Coffey currently serves as Regional Account Director at HomeServe. He is responsible for working with municipalities and utilities to educate and develop the best program options for their residents. Prior to HomeServe, Bill spent 11 years in sales and business development roles working for water meter and Automated Meter Reading/Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMR/AMI) companies. In these roles he has worked with water municipalities and utilities of all sizes throughout the Western United States.

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