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CAEE Department Seminar - Critical Emerging Issues in Drinking Water Infrastructure
Start Date: 3/15/2017Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 3/15/2017End Time: 3:00 PM

Event Description
Dr. Junesok Lee, Ph.D., P.E., is the California Water Service Co. Chair Professor and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. He has conducted research on diverse aspects of the drinking water infrastructure analytics/modeling. Since joining the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2008, Dr. Lee has secured grant funding of over $900,000 to support his research from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Water Service Company, and Hewlett-Packard. Dr. Lee has more than 50 publications, including articles in highly respected journals, technical reports, and papers presented at national and international conferences on environmental, water resources, and infrastructure engineering. Dr. Lee, whose Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering was awarded by Virginia Tech in 2008, is a registered Professional Engineer of Civil Engineering in the state of California and was the 2011 ASCE Fellow for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education and the recipient of SJSU's Young Investigator Award in 2013. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management and has recently been appointed the California Water Service Co. Chair, leading a research collaboration between SJSU students and the Cal Water Technical Staff to address a broad range of challenges confronting the state's water industry.

This presentation focuses on three critical issues currently facing the nation’s drinking water infrastructure: i) problems with premise plumbing and service lines, ii) the need to balance water conservation and demand, and iii) the lack of adequate water utility performance metrics. We will begin by considering water quality issues that affect premise plumbing, service lines, and municipal water distribution systems. As shown by the recent problems experienced in Flint, Michigan, it is essential to ensure that service lines on private property are maintained to a high level to protect public health. The speaker, who is a co-PI for a major grant awarded as part of the EPA’s National Priorities: Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing and Water Distribution Systems program, will explain the current status of research in this area. Water conservation is a major issue in California, and he will also discuss his research on the impact of water metering on residential household consumption in the state. Panel data were studied for two types of single-family residences: those being metered for the first time and those already metered. A statistical analysis of residential water demand in Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA) Program will also be presented. Last but not least, a cutting edge methodology for measuring the performance of water utilities based on two stage Delta Envelopment Analysis (DEA) applied to individual districts of a Californian water utility will be explained. All of those interested in the problems currently affecting our drinking water supplies, many of which parallel those facing other public utilities, should find the presentation useful.
Contact Information:
Name: Kim Spina
Phone: 215-895-1918
Email: kspina@coe.drexel.edu
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