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YLWD Graduates Three More from CSDA Leadership Academy

csda awardTransparency, accountability, efficiency and good policy choices are essential to earning the public's trust and making government work effectively. As such, Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) is actively pursuing accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). The 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. The SDLF and its activities are supported by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) and the Special District Risk Management Authority.

In November, YLWD Board President, Bob Kiley, Board Vice President, Ric Collett, and General Manager, Marc Marcantonio became the three newest YLWD graduates of the CSDA Special District Leadership Academy. Director Gary Melton graduated from the Academy in 2012.

The Special District Leadership Academy provides a curriculum-based program for board members and general managers in good governance. Participants must complete four courses to be recognized by the Special District Leadership Academy. The modules cover topics on effective leadership skills and team building strategies.

Graduation is designed to honor special district board members and trustees, and is comprised of two distinct parts: the completion of the Special District Leadership Academy and 10 hours of continuing education. SDLF has endorsed the Academy as the core special district governance training in California.

With the knowledge and tools acquired in the program, YLWD is better equipped to provide the community with quality and reliable services.

The Best in the Business

YLWD Tapping Team Takes First Place at OCWA
 
Imagine drilling into a ductile or cast iron pipe to install a tap. It’s no easy task. Now imagine doing it in less than two minutes... With no leaks! Leaks - that are a risk to Public Health and a waste of water. It’s a test of strength, skill, and speed.  Hot Tap Team 3
 
YLWD customers should take some solace in knowing that their water workers are some of the best in the business. In fact, this September the YLWD Tapping Team won the Orange County Water Association 2014 Pipe Tapping Contest. Competing against other water professionals from throughout the County, our team, consisting of Brian Vargas, Freddie Ojeda, Jorge Lopez and Edgar Araujo put up a time of 1:52 in the first round. It was the best time of the entire competition, until YLWD’s second round run, which came in even better at 1:44. It was a dominating performance with only one other team coming within ten seconds of their time.  
 
When you think about Public Safety, police officers and firefighters typically are the first professions that come to mind. Yet, water workers respond 24/7, 365 days a year delivering Public Health via your kitchen sink. Water is life. Without it everything comes to a halt.  
 
 pipetappersProviding safe, reliable water is a huge responsibility and Yorba Linda Water District takes great pride in our role in Public Health. The YLWD Tapping team is a great example of how serious we take our job, practicing on their own time, to fine tune their craft. That practice transfers over into their everyday work as they have become faster and smoother at tying in services. So when you see YLWD crews working diligently behind the scenes ensuring that every glass of tap water is of the highest quality, you should know they are also working efficiently. Efficiency that saves time and money  

Board Votes to Support Proposition 1

With the state in the midst of a water crisis, California voters will consider a $7.5 billion water bond this November. The Yorba Linda Water District Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the Water Bond, which will appear on the ballot as Proposition 1 - The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Act of 2014. Prop 1 comes after five years of retooling in the Legislature.

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This bond, if approved, contains $7.1 billion of new debt and $425 million of repurposed bond funds previously approved by voters.

The big question… Where would the money go? The $7.5 billion dollar pie will be sliced several ways to provide funding for new much needed water storage projects, watershed protection, sustainable groundwater management and cleanup, water recycling – including desalination projects, water conservation and water use efficiency projects, statewide flood management, and safe drinking water.

It should be noted that Proposition 1 has nothing to do with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, nor the much discussed Delta Tunnels. And while Prop 1 won’t help with the current drought, nor will it guarantee against water rationing during future droughts, the projects it would fund would provide a greater cushion when we find ourselves dealing with prolonged water shortages in the future.

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