EVMWD Receives Recognition for Excellence in Transparent Practices by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Sep 7, 2021 Member Submitted News (L-R): EVMWD Director Andy Morris, EVMWD Vice President Darcy Burke, Terese Quintanar, Allison Cadava, EVMWD President Phil Williams, Bonnie Woodrome, EVMWD Director Chance Edmonson, and EVMWD Director Harvey Ryan. LAKE ELSINORE — Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance for the third consecutive time. “This award is a testament to the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District’s commitment to open government,” said Phil Williams, president of the EVMWD board of directors. “Our staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.” To receive the award, the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District demonstrated the completion of 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 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 demonstrated outreach to its constituents that engage the public in its governance, through regular district newsletters, the “Splash Into Spring”/ “Flow Into Fall” community open house events 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. Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, wastewater treatment, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need. ### EVMWD provides service to over 159,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-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.