Transparency

Hi-Desert Water District’s (“HDWD” or “the District”) website is committed to creating greater awareness of the District's activities and being open and accessible to the community.

The Hi-Desert Water District Code consists of all regulatory, penalty, and administrative ordinances and resolutions of the Hi-Desert Water District, California. To access the full code, click here.

If you are looking for public information that's not listed on the website, you may submit a Public Records Request Form in writing to the Board Secretary: Kayleigh Frater at kayleighf@hdwd.com, or 55439 29 Palms Hwy., Yucca Valley, CA 92284.

To view prior HDWD newsletters, media alerts, and public service announcements, click here. If you would like to be added to our email distribution list for newsletters, traffic updates, public service announcements, and media alerts, click here. You can also follow HDWD on Facebook and Twitter.


Awards

Hi-Desert Water District has received awards in recognition of transparency, fiscal management responsibility, sound practices, governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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The Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) launched the biennial District Transparency Certificate of Excellence program in 2013. HDWD has received the award for all three periods that the program has been offered.

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As soon as HDWD learned of the District of Distinction program, HDWD began applying for the accreditation in 2016 and has received two consecutive accreditations.

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HDWD has received twelve Certificates of Financial Excellence for financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 


District Structure and Leadership 

The Hi-Desert Water District is an independent special district, which operates under the authority of Division 12 of the California Water Code. The District was formed in 1962 and is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected at-large from within the District’s service area. The Board of Directors convenes for regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. These meetings are publicly noticed and citizens are encouraged to attend. The General Manager administers the day-to-day operations of the District in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors. To view HDWD’s organization chart, click here

For more information about the history of Hi-Desert Water District, click here

For more information on the Board of Directors, click here

For board meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

For board meeting videos, click here.

Hi-Desert Water District Code 1.20 Role of the Board of Directors can be found here, under Title 1: BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Hi-Desert Water District Code 1.55 Board Policy Violations can be found here, under Title 1: BOARD OF DIRECTORS.


Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide a safe, reliable water supply and Wastewater Reclamation System for the customers of the Hi-Desert Water District in an efficient and financially responsible manner.


District Services

HDWD provides water service to approximately 10,400 connections within its fifty-seven (57) square mile service area located in the eastern desert area of San Bernardino County which encompasses the Town of Yucca Valley in its entirety and portions of unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, California. Residential customers represent approximately 95% of the District’s customer base and consume approximately 82% of the water produced annually by the District. The District currently has a total of 12 groundwater wells with a maximum production capacity of 7,000 gallons per minute and over 300 miles of water distribution and transmission pipelines. 


Ethics

HDWD employees and Board of Directors are bound by policies and requirements to ensure transparency and ethical behavior. The policies comply with the specific requirements of the Fair Political Practices Act, the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act and statutory requirements for biennial ethics and sexual harassment prevention training, among others. 

Ethics Training Certificates

Board of Director’s Certificates of Completion for State Mandated Conduct and Ethics Training for Water Agency Officials (AB 1234)

Board of Director’s Certificates of Completion for State Mandated Sexual Harassment Prevention for Board Member (AB 1825)


Conflict of Interest for Board Members and Employees

Hi-Desert Water District Code 1.45 Board Conflict of Interest Policy can be found here, under Title 1: BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Hi-Desert Water District Code 3.105 Conflict of Interest Code can be found here, under Title 3: EMPLOYEES.


Compliance With the Brown Act

Hi-Desert Water District Code 1.25.050 Compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code Section 54950 et seq.) can be found here, under Title 1: BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Chapter 1.25: Meetings and Rules of Order.


Adoption of Policy Related to Handling Public Records Requests

Hi-Desert Water District Code 2.05 Public Access to Records can be found here, under Title 2: ADMINISTRATION.


Financial Information

The District Board of Directors annually adopts an operating and capital budget prior to the new fiscal year. The budget authorizes and provides the basis for reporting and control of financial operations and accountability for the District’s enterprise operations and capital projects. The budget and reporting treatment applied to the District is consistent with the accrual basis of accounting and the financial statement basis.

Hi-Desert Water District Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (Government Code Section 26909 and 2410.6) for fiscal years 2007-2008 through 2016-2017 are located here.

Annual Disclosure of Board Member or Employee Reimbursements over $100 (Government Code Section 53065.5) for fiscal years 2015-2016 through 2017-2018 are located here.

State Controller’s Special Districts Financial Transactions Report

Employee/Director Compensation

Hi-Desert Water District Code 4.15 Reserve Fund Policy can be found here, under Title 4: REVENUE AND FINANCE.


Adoption of Reimbursement Policy of Actual and Necessary Expenses

Hi-Desert Water District Code 3.100 Travel and Expense Policy can be found here, under Title 3: EMPLOYEES. 

Hi-Desert Water District Code 3.47.010 Boot Allowance can be found here, under Title 3: EMPLOYEES, Chapter 3.47: Boots, Uniforms and Personal Appearance.

Hi-Desert Water District Code 3.45.170 Tuition Reimbursement can be found here, under Title 3: EMPLOYEES, Chapter 3.45: Employee Benefits.

Hi-Desert Water District Code 3.45.190 Certification Compensation can be found here, under Title 3: EMPLOYEES, Chapter 3.45: Employee Benefits.