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El Dorado County, CA November 6, 2001 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Paul T. Converse, P.E.

Candidate for
Board Member; El Dorado Irrigation District; Division 2

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Paul T. Converse, P.E.

Committee to Elect Paul T. Converse


Lead EID back to its basic mission of providing quality, reliable, and economical water and wastewater service to all, under all circumstances.


  • Water Resources Engineer: 1992-1998 EL DORADO COUNTY WATER AGENCY Placerville, California

County-wide water needs assessments, strategic planning and reports, assistance to water purveyors.

  • Vice President/Principal Civil Engineer 1989-1992 OPA ENGINEERING, Sacramento, California

As Principal Engineer, was in responsible charge of all professional engineering design and consulting services of private engineering/surveying firm. Initiated and coordinated systems upgrades, including conversion from hand drafting to Computer Aided Design (CAD).

  • Senior Engineer 1984-1989 EL DORADO IRRIGATION DISTRICT, Placerville, California

Principle deputy to the Engineering Director, Mr. Converse had responsibilities for assuring that water and wastewater facilities serving an area of more than 200 square miles in western El Dorado County kept pace with rapid growth.

  • Superintendent 1982-1984 FORT LYON CANAL COMPANY Las Animas, Colorado

Mr. Converse served as Superintendent of the largest irrigation company in Colorado, serving 95,000 acres and supplying approximately 250,000 acre feet of irrigation water annually.

  • General Manager 1980-1982 LEWISTON ORCHARDS IRRIGATION DISTRICT, Lewiston, Idaho

Mr. Converse served as Manager and as the sole staff engineer for the District, responsible for the collecting, transmission, storing and distribution of both irrigation and potable water to the Lewiston Orchards area of the City of Lewiston, Idaho.

  • General Manager 1979-1980 SOUTH FORK, COEUR D'ALENE RIVER SEWER DISTRICT, Wallace, Idaho

Mr. Converse was manager of a regional wastewater system serving eight communities in northern Idaho, responsible for two wastewater treatment plants (15 MGD and 1 MGD), as well as a variety of lift stations and interceptor and collection sewer systems.


  • DOCTORAL STUDIES, Industrial Engineering (All but dissertation) 1975-77 Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon

Concurrently, taught undergraduate engineering classes.

  • M.S., Management Science 1969-71 Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon

Concurrently, taught undergraduate management classes, and assisted staff research.

  • B.S.E.E., Engineering Electronics 1963-1965 U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, California

  • B.S., General Engineering 1955-1959 U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland


  • Utility supervision and administration
  • Construction Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Forecasting and simulation modeling
  • System efficiency and performance enhancement
  • Computer proficient (word processing, database, spreadsheets, hydraulic models)


  • California Civil Engineer (CE 39476)

  • Idaho Civil Engineer (CE 3893)

  • Oregon Professional Engineer (09380PE)


  • Technical and modeling support to Sewer Study, Vineyard Springs Comprehensive Plan (Dec. 2000, initial submittal).

  • City of Galt, Urban Water Management Plan, 2000 (Adopted, Feb. 2001).
  • Grizzly Flats Community Services District, Distribution System Analysis, 1999.
  • El Dorado County Public Water Availability Evaluations, 1994,1995,1996,1997
  • El Dorado County Water Supply and Demand Report, 1994,1995,1996,1997
  • El Dorado County Parcel and Projects Inventory Report, 1994,1995,1996,1997
  • Draft Testimony before the
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  • " `Risk Management' Key To Progress at Irrigation District", Public Works Magazine, August, 1985.

  • "Distribution System Modeling - A Productivity Disaster", presented to International Symposium on Computer Modeling of Water Distribution Systems, Lexington, Kentucky, May 1988.

  • "Master Planning Using Pipe Network Modeling", presented to AWWA Specialty Conference on Computers and Automation in the Water Industry, Denver, Colorado, April 1989.

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