RIVERSIDE, CA – This past week, Western Municipal Water District (Western) welcomed two new members, in addition to celebrating the re-election of one other member.
Re-elected to Western’s Division 4 seat was Director Donald D. Galleano. Director Galleano joined Western’s Board of Directors in 2004, representing the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Norco.
Elected to the Division 1 Director’s seat is long-time Riverside resident Mike Gardner. With the seat up for election after the unfortunate passing of Director Robert Stockton, Gardner’s term expires in December 2022. No stranger to serving the Riverside community, Director Gardner is an advocate for water supply diversity. He has more than two decades of experience in environmental planning coupled with 12 years of service on the Riverside City Council, bringing to Western a combined 35 years of utility management, oversight and policy experience.
“I am honored and humbled that the constituents of Division 1 elected me. I know I am sitting here because we lost Bob Stockton, an outstanding Director and an outstanding person,” said Director Mike Gardner. “I pledge that I will do my very best to serve in a way that Bob would approve of. If I am successful in doing that, then I will be successful in serving the constituents of Division 1 and the rest of Western’s ratepayers in a wonderful way.”
Constituents in Division 5 elected Fauzia Rizvi. Director Rizvi is a business owner and a community advocate with an expertise working as a professional in the field of water management and consulting. She is dedicated to her community, serving many years as a parent-teacher association member, working for the Interfaith Coalition, and volunteering for organizations such as the Corona Norco Interfaith Association, Beloved Corona, and Cops & Clergy, to name a few. She is the President of For the People Taskforce, which is a non-profit organization helping people with food insecurity and utility debt throughout the Inland Empire.
“Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel. I do this to make a better Inland Empire,” said Director Fauzia Rizvi. “I am honored and eager to work, serving alongside my new colleagues. I look forward to being on this journey with you all – I am ready to serve and I am really excited to be here.”
Directors are elected to four-year terms by the registered voters in five geographic divisions. Divisions are apportioned by population. The five terms are staggered to ensure continuity. While they do not have to be a Western retail water customer, Directors must reside within their division.
“We are fortunate that the residents within the two divisions elected strong individuals with industry knowledge to help guide Western into 2021 and beyond,” said Miller. “These elections position the Western Board to hit the ground running, working on behalf of the customers to continue the delivery of safe and reliable water and wastewater services.”
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.
Customers are encouraged to conduct regular business such as initiating water service, paying a bill, or inquiring about rebates or development services online, by phone or via email.
To learn more about Western and the Board of Directors, visit wmwd.com. Stay updated on Western’s latest projects and happenings by following the district on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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.