Casitas Municipal Water District Newsletter Wins 2012 “Excellence in Communications” Award

The Casitas Municipal Water District’s twice-yearly print newsletter, “Casitas Water News,” has won a first-place award from the California Association of Public Information Officers.

The association gave the Casitas newsletter a “2012 Excellence in Communications Award” in the “External Newsletter” category. The association gives out 16 awards each year for a range of media projects, and this is the first time the Casitas newsletter has won. More than 100 agencies vied for an award this year, including several larger water districts and government agencies. Awards were given out on April 19.
Casitas produces one newsletter each winter and one in the summer. The newsletter is mailed to 30,000 households in Ojai, the Ojai Valley and Ventura that are served by Casitas. Casitas has been producing a print newsletter for the public for several years.
Ron Merckling, Casitas’ Water Conservation/Public Affairs manager, writes the stories for the full-color newsletter. He and Casitas staffers take the photos, and graphic designer Joan Phelps of Ventura-based Whisenhunt Communications designs and lays out the newsletter. Whisenhunt Communications also provides proofreading services. 
“Our main objective is to communicate the important issues that Casitas is working on and to do it in a cost-effective manner while getting the message across to a wide range of readers,” Merckling said.

Ron Merckling, Casitas MWD

Tel. (805) 649-2251, ext. 118