RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, May 19, the Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors adopted Resolution 3170 to support the statewide effort led by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) to educate California residents about special districts and the benefits they provide. This year, Assembly Member Randy Voepel (R – Alpine) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 17, which declares May 16-22 as Special Districts Week in California.
“Often an unnoticed branch of local government, special districts are not always understood within the communities we serve,” said Western General Manager Craig Miller. “We look forward to concentrating our outreach efforts this week to educate our customers and stakeholders about the importance of the role we play as a special district providing safe, reliable water and wastewater services.”
In California, there are more than 2,000 special districts that provide millions of Californians with essential services. These special districts include drinking water, sanitation and water recycling, fire protection, electricity, parks and recreation, healthcare, ports and harbors, flood protection, mosquito abatement, cemeteries, resource conservation, airports, transit, road maintenance, veterans’ facilities, and more. Special districts are local government entities created, funded, and overseen by a community’s residents to provide these specialized services. To enhance transparency, the CSDA uses this week to encourage members to strengthen their outreach to educate the communities they serve about their role in providing critical services throughout the state.
“We can’t celebrate National Public Works Week without saying thank you to the certified operators and accountants, licensed engineers, information technicians, resource planners, and other critical support staff who serve our communities every day,” said Miller. “They keep the water clean, the pipes flowing, and our public works systems functioning day and night – even through a worldwide pandemic.”
National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association, pays tribute to public works professionals and recognizes the substantial contributions they make to protect our national health, safety, and quality of life. This year’s theme, Stronger Together, highlights the collaboration and teamwork required to complete capital projects and infrastructure solutions.
Western was formed as an independent special district in 1954 to provide water service to areas of the county and city of Riverside that did not have access to groundwater. As a special district that provides both water and wastewater (sewer) services with dedicated public works crews that keep the system flowing, Western enjoys this annual opportunity to educate the public about special districts and the value Western provides as this critical form of government.
Western invites the community to tune in on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we recognize special districts and the dedicated individuals who keep your water and wastewater systems flowing. We will spotlight the highly skilled and trained staff that work behind the scenes and highlight the infrastructure and service investments that meet a critical service need in the communities we support.
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.