Hicham ElTal joined the Merced Irrigation District in October 1993 as a Senior Engineer with the Water Resources department and currently serves as the Deputy General Manager of Water Supply/Rights.

As Deputy General Manager of Water Supply/Rights, Mr. ElTal is responsible for MID’s water storage and distribution. In this position he is responsible for administering water-resource related activities involving water rights, water quality, water supply, water marketing, and water resource development.

Mr. ElTal has more than 39 years of demonstrated experience in water resource engineering, infrastructure, design and construction, and planning and management. Over the past 30 years, he has played a key role in the success of the District’s Water Resources Division.

Mr. ElTal is a registered Civil Engineer with the State of California and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from California State University, Fullerton. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the active chairman for the Merced Irrigation-Urban Groundwater Sustainability Agency, and board member of the East Turlock Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

Mr. ElTal resides in Merced with his wife and three young-adult children and enjoys fishing on Lake McClure.

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