An integral part of Palmdale Water District’s mission is to be good stewards with ratepayer funds and to be accountable for how those funds are used. Accountability is critical to our process. As such, we readily provide information relating to staff compensation, water quality, and strategic planning for the future of the District. Should you have any questions, please contact us directly.
Palmdale Water District has achieved the highest honor from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) as a District of Distinction – Platinum Level. The District of Distinction accreditation recognizes PWD’s commitment to good governance, and to ethical and sound operating practices. PWD’s re-accreditation is valid through November 2019. The Platinum Level is awarded to districts whose board members and general managers have completed all SDLF programs. As of April 2018, PWD is only one of six special districts in California to receive this honor. There are about 2,000 special districts in the state.
PWD has also earned the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence re-accreditation from SDLF. The Transparency certification, which is good through June 2021, recognizes PWD’s completion of all transparency program requirements designed to promote transparency in the District’s operations and governance to the public and stakeholders. The SDLF is dedicated to promoting excellence in special district governance and operations throughout California.
Palmdale Water District’s strategic plan, and its six key initiatives, was created by our Board of Directors to act as a road map as we forge ahead. We share these initiatives here so that our staff, customers, neighbor agencies, and regulators can all be a part of our efforts to reach our goals. Community is the key to progressive action, and we couldn’t be more proud to serve the people of Antelope Valley.
Water Rates and Fees
Water rates and official fee schedules are available under the Customer Service tab of our website. Rates were increased by 4.25% as of January 1st, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with the revenue earmarked for infrastructure management and replacement. Aging pipes, and water meters will be replaced to ensure that out customers continue to receive high quality water. Additionally, the new funds will help to improve and guarantee that our water supply remains diversified. For more information visit our current rate resolution.
Rules & Regulations
Palmdale Water District compensation information can also be located on the Government Compensation in California page.
Municipal Service Review Report
A Municipal Service Review (MSR) is a comprehensive study to determine the adequacy of governmental services being provided by the local agencies under the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). The MSR is used by LAFCO, other governmental agencies, and the public to better understand and improve the provision of services and to identify opportunities for greater cooperation between service providers. The purpose of this MSR is to evaluate the Palmdale Water District (District) for Local Agency Formation Commission for the County of Los Angeles (LAFCO). A copy of the current report may be found here.
Board of Directors
The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors that meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Service area maps, committee appointments, and board member bios are also readily available.
The District’s water service boundaries are divided into five different areas, or divisions, a Director is elected in odd years, i.e. 2011 or 2013, to serve a four-year term from each of these divisions. Directors must live in the division they are elected to serve. Directors are elected by all customers of the District. Terms for the elective divisions are staggered such that three, Divisions 1, 3, and 4, are elected and the remaining two, Divisions 2 and 5, are elected two years later. Information about upcoming elections can be found on the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website www.lavote.net including the Election Calendar of Events and Scheduled Elections.
If you have any questions regarding the Board of Directors, please contact us.