October 9, 2013

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Houston Mayor Appoints Michael Bloom to Water Conservation Task Force

Michael Bloom, an associate water resources engineer based in Geosyntec's Houston office, was appointed by City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker to her Water Conservation Task Force, which was publicly announced on July 13.

Like many parts of the United States, Houston and the state of Texas have experienced extreme drought conditions for more than a year. While conditions recently improved in the Houston area, regional officials are taking steps to make long-term plans for water conservation and optimization.

As a task force member, Bloom will help review water supply options and conservation measures for Houston and examine ideas for diversifying the city's water supply, including recycled water for irrigation, grey water use, rainwater harvesting, and desalination. He also will help develop a report with recommendations for best management practices and the city's long-term conservation goals.

"This task force will be forward-thinking in its approaches to addressing water conservation and water supply diversification, taking into consideration Houston's climate, existing water supply, and alternative approaches to ensuring a robust water supply for decades to come," Parker said. "All innovative ideas are on the table."

Bloom is an environmental engineer with over 20 years of experience in water quality planning and permitting and watershed management issues. He currently chairs the Greater Houston Partnership's Water Issues Subcommittee and serves on the board of the Bayou Preservation Association.