Serrano Water District


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Water Conservation Ordinance Level I



Villa Park, CA (October 17, 2014) – Serrano Water District recently received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. The Certificate of Excellence is given to those agencies that demonstrate a commitment to ensuring their residents have access to agency information.

“This award is a testament to Serrano Water District’s commitment to open government,” said Woody Rickerl, President of the Serrano Water District Board of Directors. “The Board, along with our professional staff, appreciates the role we play by providing clean and reliable water to residents and business owners within our community. We will continue to ensure that our residents and ratepayers have access to information and that our meetings continue to be conducted in an open and transparent manner.”

“Serrano Water District is proud to receive this recognition from the Special Districts Leadership Foundation,” said Jerry Vilander, General Manager of Serrano Water District. “We understand how critically important it is to remain transparent to our ratepayers and look forward to continuing our tradition of remaining accessible and responsive to the community.”

Walter E Howiler Jr. Water Filtration Plant Opening
Water Plant Opening

The water service for the residents of Villa Park and a small portion of Orange is supplied by the Serrano Water District, which is an independent governmental body with an elected Board of Directors. It is separate and distinct from the City of Villa Park Municipal government, but is an integral part of the community.

The District is governed by a Board of Directors elected to terms of four years by the voters residing within the district. All board members reside in their assigned divisions and, as such, pay the same water rates as their neighbors. The members of the present board are: Robert F. Rickerl, President; C.L. "Larry" Pharris, Jr., Vice President; and members, Rich Freschi, Jerry L. Haight, and Frank O. Bryant. The Board is responsible for overseeing the operations of the District and for making all major legal and financial decisions. The Board of Directors is also responsible for the management of Irvine Lake and its recreational activities.