LAKE ELSINORE, CA. —EVMWD is celebrating the work of General Manager John D. Vega as he steps down from his role of six years with the agency. Vega, whose dedicated more than 35 years in the water industry, is stepping down to spend more time with his family. He will continue to assist the District until new leadership is selected.
“I am grateful for the opportunity I had to serve EVMWD. It has been a privilege to be a part of an organization that has proven itself a leader in the water community through projects and programs that provide a safe, sustainable water supply and reliable wastewater system for our customers,” he said.
Vega has served EVMWD in two capacities. He was EVMWD’s Director of Operations in 2008 and, after briefly serving as Assistant General Manager for East Valley Water District in Highland, returned to EVMWD in 2013 as General Manager.
“John has been an invaluable asset to our district and the communities we serve. His skillful leadership and innovative approaches to water issues has benefited EVMWD and he leaves behind a long list of achievements,” Board President Andy Morris said.
As General Manager, Vega focused on ensuring excellent service to customers and taking a long-term approach to water sustainability and security for the region.
Under Vega’s leadership, EVMWD:
Garnered more than $30 million in grants and low-interest loans.
Built an effective, healthy culture for employees to share his vision and provide excellent customer service.
Installed 44,000 advanced meters that allow customers to track water use and detect leaks in near real time.
Assumed operations of the privately owned County Water Company of Riverside, which required installation of more than 5,000 linear feet of pipe and almost 220 valves and meters to accommodate population growth and increase fire protection, the project was paid for through $6 million in grant funding.
Developed a Near Term Water Supply Program designed to expedite several water supply projects that ultimately will provide a local, sustainable water supply for the region. Two recent projects within this program are the Palomar Wells and Flushing Pipelines Project and the Flagler Wells Conversion Pipeline Project. These projects will increase EVMWD’s water supply by 4,860 acre-feet of water each year, enough for 9,720 households.
Advanced the Integrated Resources Plan, which provides a roadmap to achieve water supply reliability through robust and flexible water resources strategies.
Established a Drought Contingency Plan with input from area cities, the County of Riverside, chambers of commerce, school districts and other local stakeholders to explore increased water storage and efficiencies to prepare for future droughts.
“I am humbled by this organization and what we’ve become,” Vega said. “Each and every day, the board and the staff recognize the awesome responsibility we’ve been given to provide excellent service to our customers.”