Water Authority Opens Imperial Valley Outreach Office

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Water Authority Opens Imperial Valley Outreach Office
El Centro resident Grace Sesma to staff new office
January 19, 2005

The San Diego County Water Authority formally opened its new outreach office in El Centro today with an open house and reception. The office will be staffed by Grace Sesma, Water Authority public affairs representative and local resident. It will be used to facilitate dialogue, hold meetings and provide local access to the Water Authority in Imperial County.

“We opened this office to enhance our communications and to better understand the issues in the Imperial Valley,” said James Bond, board chairman of the Water Authority. “The Water Authority wants to be an active and involved member of the community and this office is a great way to start that involvment.”

“Opening this local office is a milestone in our efforts to build upon our relationship with the Imperial Irrigation District and the people of Imperial Valley,” said Maureen Stapleton, Water Authority general manager. “This office will be key to the mutually beneficial implementation of the water transfer and can serve as a resource to the Imperial Valley community.”

Present at the event to welcome the Water Authority to the Valley were officials from the El Centro Chamber of Commerce, city of El Centro, Imperial County, Imperial Irrigation District and the Local Entity. Participants were treated to refreshments and music during the open house and dedication.

The Water Authority outreach office is located in the Valley Plaza Shopping Center at 203 S. Waterman Ave. in El Centro.

The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water from the Colorado River and Northern California. The Water Authority works through its 23 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to support the region’s $142 billion economy and the quality of life of 3 million residents.
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