■ Eastern Municipal Water District
Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized by the California Special District Association (CSDA) with its Transparency Certificate of Excellence in recognition of EMWD’s ongoing commitment to open government.
The award is presented by the CSDA Special District Leadership Foundation. EMWD has continually held the honor since 2013.
EMWD was the first water agency in Riverside County to receive the certificate when it was first recognized in 2013. The certificate is valid for a two-year period.
The Certificate of Excellence is presented to organizations that place transparency and public accessibility at the forefront of their missions and meet stringent requirements promoting open government practices.
In order to receive the award, EMWD had to meet more than two dozen requirements, all relating to the promotion of open governance. Eight of the requirements centered round ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller’s office.
Additionally, EMWD fulfilled more than a dozen website requirements, including the posting of board agendas, district budgets, the General Manager’s contract, financial audits and other key financial policies.
EMWD also demonstrated community outreach through regular correspondence and special community engagement projects.
“EMWD is committed to operating in a transparent manner to promote public confidence in all that we do,” EMWD President David Slawson said. “We are honored to again be recognized for that commitment and look forward to continuing to be an organization that is at the forefront of open governance.”
Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to approximately 804,000 people living and working within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency and its mission is “To deliver value to our customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.” More information can be found at www.emwd.org.