Olivenhain Municipal Water District was recognized today at the California Special Districts Association conference in Monterey for achieving the “District of Distinction” biennial accreditation for the fifth time. This recognition by the Special District Leadership Foundation validates the commitment by OMWD’s Board of Directors to good governance and ethical and prudent operating practices.
OMWD was the first water district in San Diego County to achieve this accreditation, and remains one of only 32 other agencies designated as a District of Distinction.
In addition to the Districts of Distinction honor, OMWD received SDLF’s District Transparency Certificate of Excellence in recognition of its efforts to promote transparency and public engagement. This is the third time OMWD received the biennial certification.
“The board is extremely proud of this outstanding accomplishment,” said Lawrence A. Watt, President of OMWD’s Board of Directors. “It reflects the dedication of OMWD staff and the respect of this board for the responsibilities inherent to providing essential public services.”
SDLF conducted an independent audit review of the last three years of OMWD’s operations to ensure fiscally responsible practices. In order to receive the recognition, OMWD’s website must include posting of transparency requirements including compensation data of board members and staff, most recent financial audit, current district budget, board meeting schedule and agendas, and election procedure and deadlines. Additionally, OMWD’s Board of Directors and executive staff must prove compliance in public governance, ethics, and harassment prevention training. OMWD also demonstrated outreach best practices that engage and inform the public in its governance and operations.
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.