Serrano Water District is an independent water district established under the California
Water Code with a five-member board of directors elected by divisions. The board
appoints a general manager or a contract general manager to implement the policy
decisions of the board and oversee day-to-day operations and services.
Special districts are one of the most basic forms of local government, created by
the people within the district to provide a specialized service. Special districts
have very precisely defined responsibilities which minimize their overhead and provide
a value-added service to the people they serve. Because they are localized, special
districts tend to be very responsive and accountable to the voters. They are a very
efficient form of government.
Serrano is an "Enterprise Activities" special district and as such it is financed entirely by water related revenues. Almost all other Southern California water suppliers are "Non-Enterprise Activities" special districts which are subsidized with property taxes and / or general funds.
Serrano Water District is formed under the irrigation district law, water code section 20500, et seq.