The presentation provides an overview of Southern California water management issues related to urban water supply reliability, infrastructure, policy, and finance. It describes some of the major pressures on the urban water sector in the Los Angeles Region as a result of ongoing drought conditions -- touching on political, financial, and legal challenges faced by urban water utilities. Some aspects of the presentation are based on prior work evaluating the landscape of community water systems in Los Angeles County.
Research Associate, PPIC Water Policy Center
Henry McCann is a research associate at the PPIC Water Policy Center, where he works on data collection, analysis, mapping, and legislative tracking. He previously managed research projects within the Smart Water Systems initiative at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, including volume 1 of Los Angeles County Community Water Systems: Atlas and Policy Guide. He holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from the University of Chicago, where he majored in geographical studies.