Santa Margarita Water District Continues to be Recognized for Transparency by Nicole Stanfield Apr 5, 2018 Member Submitted News Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – The Santa Margarita Water District is honored to receive the “District Transparency Certificate of Excellence” by the Special District Leadership Foundation of California in recognition of its excellence in transparency and good governance. This is the third time the District has received the bi-annual certificate. “This certificate is a testament to the District’s steadfast commitment to being transparent in operations and governance,” said Justin McCusker, Board President. Santa Margarita Water District demonstrated eight essential governance transparency requirements, including 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 District also fulfilled fifteen website requirements, including providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, past minutes, current District budget and the most recent financial audit. Special District Leadership Foundation of California 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. # # # About Santa Margarita Water District Santa Margarita Water District was founded in 1964 and is governed by a publicly-elected, five-member Board of Directors. The District serves as the second largest retail water agency in Orange County, serving over 165,000 customers safe, affordable, reliable water and wastewater in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch and Talega. The District is committed to developing local, reliable water supplies for it’s growing customer base. Currently, 100% of the District’s drinking water supply is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River.