RIVERSIDE, CA – On Jan. 3, 2024, Western Municipal Water District’s (Western Water) Board of Directors voted to retain Director Mike Gardner as the board president for 2024. Director Laura Roughton will continue to serve as the board vice president, and Director Fauzia Rizvi will continue as secretary-treasurer.
"We are pleased to continue with the steady leadership of Directors Gardner and Roughton," said Craig Miller, Western Water's General Manager. "Their ongoing expertise, insight, and commitment remain vital in advancing Western Water's dedication to providing secure and dependable water and wastewater services to our diverse communities."
Director Gardner represents Division 1, which includes a portion of the City of Riverside located north of Highway 91 and extending to the San Bernardino County line. He serves on the board for Western Water’s Finance Committee and the joint committees for the City of Riverside and Eastern Municipal Water District. He represents Western Water on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority boards and the Chino Basin Watermaster.
Prior to joining Western Water’s board, Director Gardner served on the Riverside City Council for 12 years, where he was a member of the council committee overseeing Riverside’s Public Utilities. He also served as the Governor’s appointee to the Seismic Safety Commission for over 10 years, serving three different Governors.
"I sincerely thank the board for their continued trust in myself and the other officers. My commitment is to maintain our course, ensuring we navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead with balance and foresight. The upcoming year promises to be dynamic with evolving water policies that we are poised to engage with regionally, locally, and statewide,” said Board President Mike Gardner.
Reelected to her role as Western Water’s vice president, Laura Roughton has an extensive background in successful public service, working knowledge of the water industry, and municipal oversight and policy experience. Laura Roughton joined Western Water’s Board of Directors in August 2021. She represents Division 4, which includes the communities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and Norco.
Director Roughton serves on Western Water’s Finance Committee, the Community and Government Affairs Committee, and the Rancho California Water District joint committee. In addition, she sits as Western Water’s representative to the Chino Desalter Authority and the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority.
Director Roughton added, “2024 also marks a critical juncture for Western Water to set our aspirational direction and embark on strategic, long-term planning. Together as a board, we must define and prioritize these objectives, shaping a future that effectively upholds our mission and serves our community."
Director Fauzia Rizvi will serve another term as Western Water’s Board secretary-treasurer. Rizvi is a business owner and community advocate with a professional water management and consulting background. She joined Western Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors in December 2020. She represents Division 5, which includes the City of Corona, Home Gardens, El Cerrito, and a portion of Temescal Canyon.
Director Rizvi is an active member of Western’s Engineering, Operations, and Water Resources Committee and the Elsinore Valley joint committee. Additionally, she serves as Western’s representative on the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority and the Santa Rosa Regional Resources Authority.
"As we embark on another year, I am honored to continue serving as Western Water's Secretary-Treasurer,” said Director Rizvi. “In my role, I am committed to ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency, which are crucial for the strategic management and sustainability of our water resources.”
The Board of Directors for Western Water meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month. We invite the public to join us through our livestream. Agendas are accessible online in advance of each meeting, and recordings are provided after each meeting. For agendas, livestream or recordings, visit WesternWaterCA.gov/BoardMeeting.
Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly 1 million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work, and play within 527-square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: WesternWaterCA.gov