Montecito Water District Prepares For 2017, Rain or Shine


Montecito Water District Prepares For 2017, Rain or Shine

(December 22, 2016)

The Montecito Water District is pleased to welcome two newly elected Directors to the Board. Floyd Wicks and Charles “Tobe” Plough joined incumbents Richard “Dick” Shaikewitz, Sam Frye, and W. Douglas Morgan, on December 20 for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. As the District moves through a sixth year of severe drought, there is much to accomplish. Conservation efforts are overarching, and topics to be addressed in coming months will include desalination, recycled water, groundwater management, rate evaluations and capital improvement projects.

“The coming months are critical for the District,” said Nick Turner, General Manager for the Montecito Water District. “Clearly we’ve got a high level of competence and commitment. Collaboration is what is being stressed at the state level and will be essential for upcoming opportunities. For the Montecito Water District, working internally as a team and in conjunction with other agencies has never been more important. I’m optimistic.”

It was decided on Tuesday that Board officers for the coming year will be Dick Shaikewitz, President, and SW. Douglas Morgan, Vice President. Committee appointments are as follows:

  • Operations Committee (Frye and Wicks to serve, Shaikewitz as alternate)
  • Finance Committee (Morgan and Plough to serve, Shaikewitz as alternate)
  • Appeals Committee (Frye and Plough to serve, Wicks as alternate)

Planning and Supplemental Water Supply Committee will be considered by the Board at next month’s meeting on January 17, 2017.

In addition to serving on the Board’s committees, Directors were appointed to represent the District in regular meetings with contracted and partner agencies including Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA), Cachuma Conservation Release Board (CCRB), and Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board (COMB). Tuesday’s agenda included informative presentations by Ray Stokes, Executive Director, CCWA, who presented on the reacquisition of State Water Project Suspended Table A Water, and Dale Francisco, Interim General Manager of CCRB, who gave an update on the latest responses to State Water Resources Control Board Draft Water Rights Order on the Cachuma Project. Complete agendas, packets and minutes for all board meetings can be found on this website here.

Founded in 1921, The Montecito Water District services a population of approximately 13,100, providing water to more than 4,500 customers. The Montecito Water District’s mission is to provide an adequate and reliable supply of high quality water to the residents of Montecito and Summerland, at the most reasonable cost. In carrying out this mission, the District places particular emphasis on providing outstanding customer service, conducting its operations in an environmentally sensitive manner, and working cooperatively with other agencies.