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Go wet, young IT man. Your parched, imperiled planet needs you. When it comes to creating a future filled with fresh, drinkable water, information technology professionals have a significant career opportunity in a mega-sized market. The very economic survival of a thirsty, arid Earth -- with the U.S. southwest as a prime example -- depends a great deal on properly applying the skills and expertise of app developers and systems administrators to the mapping, modeling and management of water across the world.
The Groundwater Replenishment System is operated by the Orange County Water District, but the Orange County Sanitation District is a partner in the state-of-the-art facility. The agencies have a cooperative history dating back to the 1970s with Water Factory 21, where secondary effluent was piped to OCWD and then treated and injected into OCWD's seawater intrusion barrier to prevent ocean water contamination to its groundwater basin. OCWD was the first to treat secondary effluent with reverse osmosis. With the advanced treament process used in the GWR System, the water is of the highest quality and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. The GWR System purifies enough water for 500,000 people.