About Katie Porter, Executive Engineer at Brown and Caldwell

Katie Porter is an Executive Engineer for Brown and Caldwell, a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm. Ms. Porter also serves as a staff engineer for the California Urban Water Agencies, a non-profit organization of eleven major urban water agencies that collectively serve about two thirds of California’s urban population.

Equipping All Communities with Safe, Reliable Drinking Water

Nearly a million people in California receive low quality drinking water from underperforming water systems, which are challenged by drought, overdrafting, and emerging contaminants. Root causes of poor water quality can include inadequate treatment technology, operational issues, and insufficient personnel and financial capacity.
By focusing on small water systems that do have multiple violations, there is opportunity for significant positive impact. Nearly 700,000 Californians are served by small public water systems with one or more water quality violations in the last five years.
Improving water quality is more than choosing a technical solution. Community alignment and support, and political willingness are critical elements that need to be combined with technical solutions to allow systems to thrive.

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