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Martin Adams is the Director of Water Operations for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. A civil engineer by training, Martin is a native of Glendale and attended Loyola Marymount University. He has been involved in Los Angeles and regional water issues for 25 years, with a career that has touched on most every aspect of Los Angeles' water system, including planning, design, and operation.
In his current capacity, Martin heads the division that is charged with day-to-day control of Los Angeles' water supply and its extensive water delivery and treatment systems. His responsibilities include operation and maintenance of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which stretches 300 miles north to catch eastern Sierra snowmelt from the Owens Valley and Mono Basin. Operation of the Aqueduct is intertwined with on-going political and environmental negotiations and construction of major environmental mitigations needed to protect delivery of this critical water supply.
Martin's duties also include day-to-day operation of the Los Angeles city water system, including treatment, disinfection, and water system security. The Los Angeles water system serves 4 million residents from the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro is considered to be one of the most complex systems in the world.
Prior to operations, Martin oversaw the planning and implementation of sweeping changes to the L.A. water system, centered around the removal of open distribution reservoirs to meet water quality and security concerns. Those efforts involved negotiating with community groups to hammer out details and innovative solutions for the large-scale projects needed to satisfy new water quality regulations. Martin continues with community negotiations today regarding new water quality projects as well as the use and upkeep of water system properties. His role at the helm of Water Operations follows an earlier stint during which he oversaw operations during the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Martin also serves on the Water and Power Board for the City of Burbank, where he currently resides with his family.