Mike Markus

General Manager
Orange County Water District

Michael (Mike) R. Markus is the General Manager of the Orange County Water District. With more than 36 years of experience, Mike is well known for his expertise in large project implementation and water resource management.

During his 26-year career at the District, Mike was responsible for managing the implementation of the $480 million Groundwater Replenishment System program. This program included a $35 million design effort and the construction of seven individual projects, which amounted to approximately $400 million. The largest of the projects was the $300 million, 70 million gallons per day, Advanced Water Purification Facility. This project is the largest planned indirect potable reuse project in the world and has won many awards including the 2008 Stockholm Industry Water Award, 2009 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 U.S. Water Prize and the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew Prize.

Mike currently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers, the California Section of the WateReuse Association and the WateReuse Research Foundation.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California. He is also a registered civil engineer in the state of California.