Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance for the second time. EVMWD earned the biannual honor for 2014-15 and has been recognized again for 2016-2017.
“This award shows our continued commitment to open and fair business practices,” said Phil Williams, president of the EVMWD Board of Directors. “EVMWD strives to keep our customers informed and takes great pride in being open and accessible.”
In order to receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of eight essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.
The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District also fulfilled fifteen website requirements, including providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, past minutes, current district budget, salaries, benefits, and the most recent financial audit.
Additionally, the district must demonstrated outreach to its constituents that engage the public in its governance, through regular district newsletters, the “Splash Into Spring” community open house event and an annual informational public budget hearing.
SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.
EVMWD provides service to more than 133,000 water, wastewater and agricultural customers in a 96-square mile service area in Western Riverside County. The District is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the EVMWD website at www.evmwd.com for additional information.