The Water Replenishment District of Southern California installed Sergio Calderon as the board president on July 17 during its annual State of the District, which featured special guest speaker State Assembly Member Anthony Rendon. The event was attended by members of the water and environmental communities, local elected officials and others.
A primary topic of the meeting was the WRD’s Water Independence Now (WIN) program in 2014. “During the current ongoing statewide mega-drought, WIN projects and programs are increasing the water self-reliance of south Los Angeles County and are working toward eliminating the need for water imported from the California Bay Delta and the Colorado River for local groundwater replenishment,” reads a press release from the WRD about the event.
Outgoing President Rob Katherman spoke about recent achievements. “I would like to thank the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the State Water Resources Control Board for approving WRD’s application to increase the amount of recycled water used for spreading from 35 percent to 45 percent,” he said. “This allows us to use an 11,000 acre-feet of highly treated recycled water for groundwater replenishment and cuts our need for imported water in half.”
Incoming President Sergio Calderon said that, beginning his second term as board president and seventh year as a board member, he is proud the board has once again voted unanimously to not increase their replenishment assessment. “Through careful planning and fiscal responsibility, we have continued to find ways to maintain the health of the Central and West Coast Groundwater Basins and the quality of our work without increasing costs to our customers,” he said. “Our responsibility to the millions of people who live and work within our service area is at the forefront of everything WRD does, and we take that responsibility very seriously.”
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