Richard W. Atwater was appointed to serve as the Foothill Municipal Water District representative to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors on March 31. He replaces James T. Edwards who served in that capacity for 15 years (1999-2014) until his resignation. In that function, Atwater will vote on water issues that will impact residents of the district as well as the 19 million other Californians that live within the six-county Metropolitan service area.
“I am honored to be appointed to represent the Foothill Municipal Water District service area on Metropolitan’s board. I believe the current statewide drought highlights the importance to the economy to have reliable water supplies,” said Atwater. “I look forward to working with other regional water leaders on initiatives to drought-proof our region through increased conservation, stormwater capture and recycled water development. I look forward to discussing our water issues and receiving recommendations from constituents as we work together to address this historic drought crisis.”
Atwater has a record of over 35 years of achievement in government and water resources management. He currently sits as executive director of the Southern California Water Committee. Atwater was a past CEO/general manager of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Some of his past positions include president of Bookman-Edmonston Engineering, Inc., general manager of West Basin Municipal Water District, general manager of Central Basin Municipal Water District, and manager of the Water Resources Division at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is also a former board member of the Crescenta Valley Water District.
Atwater and his family have lived in La Cañada Flintridge since 1986.
Foothill Municipal Water District provides imported water to Crescenta Valley Water District, La Cañada Irrigation District, Mesa Crest Water Company, Valley Water Company, Lincoln Avenue Water Company, Las Flores Water Company and Rubio Cañon Land and Water Association. Kinneloa Irrigation District, another retail agency, takes no water from Foothill.