RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District’s (Western) Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Director Brenda Dennstedt to serve as the 2021 board president and Director Gracie Torres to serve as board vice president. This is the first time in Western’s history that two women have served concurrently on the board of directors in the roles of president and vice president.
“We are thrilled to have Directors Dennstedt and Torres lead the board this year,” said Craig Miller, Western's General Manager. “Their experience, knowledge and passion will help us to deliver on Western’s mission of delivering safe and reliable water and wastewater services to the diverse communities we serve.”
Director Dennstedt represents Division 3, which includes portions of Lake Mathews, properties located south of Cajalco Road and west of 215 Freeway, Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Rainbow, and Murrieta.
Dennstedt joined Western’s Board of Directors in January 2007 and was subsequently re-elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018. She serves on Western’s Community and Government Affairs and Finance committees. Dennstedt represents Western at the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, the Western Riverside Council of Governments Executive Committee, and the Santa Rosa Regional Resource Authority. She is also an elected member of the Association of California Water Agencies Region 9 Board.
“I am humbled and honored and want to thank my colleagues for their support. I look forward to serving this next year as President as we continue to work together,” said Western Board President Brenda Dennstedt. “Now, more than ever, we must work together as a board to make decisions to bolster community engagement, meet the needs of our customers, strengthen our partnerships with all stakeholders, and continue to tackle regional water issues for 2021 and beyond.”
Director Torres represents Division 2, which includes portions of the City of Riverside located southeast of the 91 Freeway and west of the 215 Freeway, portions of Lake Mathews, March Air Reserve Base, and Woodcrest.
Director Torres joined Western’s Board of Directors in 2018. She serves as a member of Western’s Engineering, Operations and Water Resources Committee as well as the Community and Government Affairs Committee. Torres represents Western on the March Joint Powers Authority Successor Agency Oversight Committee, the Chino Desalter Authority, the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority and the Woodcrest Municipal Advisory Council.
“After two challenging but rewarding years on Western’s Board, I cannot express how much this moment means to me,” said Western Board Vice President Gracie Torres. “Now, as vice president, I remain committed to addressing the critical water issues that affect our local region. I look forward to representing and uplifting my community, empowering ratepayers as we come out of this devastating pandemic and working with each board member to focus on the many opportunities that lie ahead of us in 2021.”
Western’s Board of Directors meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m.; customers can tune into Board Meetings via livestream. Agendas are posted online in advance of each meeting and recordings are made available following each meeting. For access to agendas, livestream and recordings, visit wmwd.com/BoardMeeting.
Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Western has closed its lobby and facilities to public access; however, Western has a virtual/call-in option for those customers and public participants to provide public comment during Board and Committee meetings. Information is available at wmwd.com/BoardMeeting.
Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527 square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: wmwd.com.