Perris, CA (August 7, 2013) — The California Special District Association has honored Eastern Municipal Water District with its District Transparency Certificate of Excellence in honor of EMWD’s ongoing commitment to open government.
The award was presented by the CSDA’s Special District Leadership Foundation.
EMWD is the only water provider in Riverside County and one of only 10 special districts statewide to receive the Certificate of Excellence.
The Certificate of Excellence is presented to organizations that place transparency and public accessibility at the forefront of their missions and meet stringent requirements promoting open government practices.
In order to receive the award, the District had to meet more than two dozen requirements, all relating to the promotion of open governance. Eight of the requirements centered round ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open meetings and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller’s office.
Additionally, EMWD fulfilled 15 website requirements, including the posting of board agendas, district budgets, the General Manager’s contract, financial audits and other key financial policies.
The District also demonstrated community outreach through regular correspondence and special community engagement projects.
“We are incredibly proud of this achievement,” EMWD President Philip E. Paule said. “Our Board of Directors and entire staff take great pride in ensuring that we are operating in a transparent manner that allows our ratepayers to have full confidence in us.
“We look forward to continuing our role as an industry leader in open government and public engagement.”