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Padre Dam Recognized as “District of Distinction”

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Padre Dam Municipal Water District received the “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for its sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations.

Padre Dam is one of only 26 special districts in California to hold this accreditation. The District of Distinction recognition is awarded to special districts that display achievements in the areas of governance, transparency, finances, and board conduct.The District’s Board of Directors and executive staff must show proof of educational training in public governance, as well as compliance with ethics and harassment prevention training as part of the qualifications for the accreditation.

“The Board of Directors take great pride in receiving the District of Distinction recognition,” comments Doug Wilson, Padre Dam Board President, “We are dedicated to ensuring our customers receive the highest quality of service. This accreditation signifies success in providing high level service.”

“SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years of Padre Dam’s operations to ensure prudent fiscal practices,” said Neil McCormick, SDLF Chief Executive Officer. The committee members who review the audits are volunteers from the special district community, including district controllers, directors of finance and certified general managers.

In order to receive the recognition, Padre Dam’s website must include posting transparency requirements, including: election procedure and deadlines, posted board meeting schedule and agendas, current district budget, most recent financial audit, and a link to the State Controller’s website with compensation data for board members and staff.

Padre Dam Municipal Water District provides water, wastewater, recycled water and recreation services to close 100,000 residents in the San Diego suburbs of Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. The District imports 100% of its treated water supply and treats two million gallons per day (PGD) of wastewater at the Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility.

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.


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