President’s Message

A Message From West Basin President Harold C. Williams

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“Out with the old and in with the new,” sums up the transition into 2017. From new legislation protecting our state’s water resources to the development of a new and improved West Basin website, 2016 proved to be a year that invoked change in many ways that we’ll begin to see take effect in 2017.  

While we are welcoming a new administration, we’ll also begin to see changes to legislation that may affect the future of water use. Last year, Congress approved the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The WRDA addresses the drought affecting our service area and will reassure residents that we are constantly working to improve our conditions through various projects and programs.  We are excited that this country acknowledges the importance of water to our economy, but we also have to remember that it is up to us to continue to do our part as a community to ensure we are being progressive in our efforts to conserve water.

To further our commitment to the community, West Basin continued our conservation efforts through various programs such as planting Ocean Friendly Gardens around our service area, as well as hosting various workshops to educate the community on ways to conserve water.  In 2016, we were able to provide over 1,800 rain barrels to over 1,100 residents in our service area in an effort to help ensure that as many drops of water go to use in this drought.

Although history has proven that a drought can last up to 60 years, we are currently coming out of a five year drought.  With so much changing, we should also consider adjusting our mindset to adopting a new way of life that continues to promote advancement.  We look forward to continuing our conservation efforts to ensure that we continue to make progress. 

As we continue to work towards diversifying our portfolio of water supplies, we surveyed residents in our service area to see which water issues are most important to them.  We anticipate continuing to provide our community with more information, education and options to conserve water in this current state of drought. Water conservation is an attitude.  It's a state of mind.  Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going. 

I’m looking forward to serving my first term as Board President and continuing to build the legacy my predecessors have established within our service area and in the greater community. I am dedicated to upholding West Basin’s commitments to its customers and publics, and to continuing the District’s strategic approach to ensuring water reliability. We’re excited about what’s to come.