Claim: The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District can’t run our water system
Facts: The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) would be the new public owner of our water system. They have a board of directors that is elected by us and answerable to us.
MPWMD would retain most of the local Cal Am employees who currently run the system within a meet and confer process to determine comparable wages and benefits. They would hire a new local management team.
MPWMD was created in 1977 by state legislation followed by a public vote in response to the 1975-76 drought.
MPWMD is highly competent. They were created to develop additional water supplies, protect the watershed, manage available water supplies and promote water conservation. That’s exactly what they've done.
MPWMD has been responsible for developing over 7000 acre-feet of new water over the past 25 years. That’s a substantial amount of the 9,900 acre-feet that the Peninsula currently uses annually). Cal Am has developed NO new water in 52 years of ownership. More on MPWMD here: http://www.mpwmd.net
Historically Cal Am and a few commercial and development interests were responsible for smearing MPWMD with bad press and trying to eliminate them with legislation.