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2000s

2000 - 2009

The District takes a lead role in the fight against MTBE water contamination, addresses perchlorate contamination of more than 1000 South County well and partners with local wastewater agencies to increase recycling. The first phase of the WTIP is completed and the second phase launched.

2000: County voters endorse the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan (Measure B) and approve a special tax to ensure continuity of flood protection and stream stewardship services for 15 more years.

2002: A new 10-year Stream Maintenance Permit reflects an era of partnership between the district and resource agencies, and allows the district timely seasonal access to creeks for improved maintenance and environmental enhancement.

2005: The 15-year, $346 million Downtown Guadalupe Flood Protection Project is completed, protecting an estimated 95,000 people from flooding and restoring critical endangered species habitat.

2006: Santa Teresa Water Treatment Plant delivers the district’s first ozonated water, providing customers better-tasting, more healthful tap water.

2007: Assembly Bill 2435 passes, ending county oversight of the district’s budget and other procedural holdovers from the 1968 merger. Penitencia Water Treatment Plant begins delivering ozonated water to customers.

2008: The district achieves registration with the International Standards Organization (ISO), signifying consistency and excellence in its business and operations.

2009: District Board calls for 15% mandatory conservation in response to continuing water shortage; recession drives significant District budget reductions.