VCMWD In The Community

Christmas Toy for 2017 Drive

Valley Center Municipal Water District employees held their annual Christmas Toy for 2017 drive benefitting Casa de Amparo, a North San Diego County organization focused on treating and preventing child abuse and neglect. Pictured from left to right – Emily Speratos, Anthony LoPresti, Michelle Wick, Gaby Olson, Ryan Hughes, Fernando Carrillo and Ismael Navarro. Many thanks to our employees and many customers who contributed to this worthy cause and helped make this another successful event.



Valley Center Relay for Life

Valley Center Municipal Water District employees participated for the third year in the Valley Center Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. The VCMWD “Water Walkers” relay team held thirteen team fundraisers in which District employees raised just over $7,400.  The various fundraisers included the Second Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament, bake sales, fundraising lunch events and Relay for life feet sales.

The second annual Valley Center Relay for Life Golf Tournament, organized by Greg Hoyle, Director of Operations/Facilities, was held at the Welk’s Fountains Executive Course. The event was once again the team’s biggest fund raising event that brought in $3,595 and had 44 golfers. Thank you for the generous community raffle prize donations and golf hole sponsorships which helped to contribute to the success of this year’s tournament.

First Annual Blood Drive

Valley Center Municipal Water District hosted its First Annual Blood Drive with the San Diego Blood Bank on March 23, 2017. The San Diego Blood Bank is the primary supplier of blood to hospitals throughout San Diego and Orange Counties. The blood drive, located in the District parking lot, is open to all community members and water district employees. This year nine district employees participated in the blood drive but we are hopeful to increase next year’s participation with greater community involvement. The District plans to host the blood drive annually, if you are interested in participating in next year’s event please email us at


Fourth Grade Water Awareness Poster Contest Winners

The Valley Center Municipal Water District (VCMWD) presented awards to fourth-grade students from the local community as winners of a district-sponsored contest. The District’s Board of Directors presented the awards to the recipients at its June 5, 2017 board meeting.

Every year the district, in conjunction with other North County water agencies, hosts a poster contest for fourth graders to celebrate “Water Awareness Month.” Fourth grade students in each of the North County water agencies’ service areas submit posters illustrating the importance of water. Three winners selected by the district are eligible to compete in the regional contest against winners from eleven other water agencies and to possibly have their poster appear in a Water Awareness calendar.

The Top 13 Students for the 2017 4th Grade Water Conservation Poster Contest.
Top, left to right: Trish Garcia, VCMWD Water Conservation Coordinator, Gary A. Broomell, President VCMWD Board of Director;
Students: Kylie Young; Alfredo Rivera; Kiera Latulippe; Mariana Rocha; Landon Reiche; Allison Gesner; Caley Smith; Jade Reden; Adriana Juan; Josiah Arguello; Gavin Lopez; Adrian Sanders; and Viviana Vega

The annual poster contest, which targets students in the fourth-grade, is designed to promote understanding of water issues in elementary schools. This year’s theme was “Be Water Smart.” The three winning posters were selected from over 100 entries based upon their depiction of the theme, artwork, originality, and poster design. Caley’s poster will be represented in a full-page format in the 2018 Water Awareness Calendar; Alfredo’s and Kylie’s artwork will also be included in the 2018 calendar. The calendars will be available free of charge at the District’s office in October/November 2017.

The Valley Center Municipal Water District is a public agency governed by an elected five-member board. The District provides water and wastewater service to more than number of people in Valley Center and portions of Escondido, and unincorporated areas of the County of San



VCMWD Participates in “Ag Day” Event

Springtime in Valley Center means Agriculture Day at the Gang Ranch off Cole Grade Road. There are typically about 1,000 students from the Lilac Elementary School and the Valley Center Elementary School who take a break from the classroom and experience local agriculture, from cow milking, planting crops, understanding beneficial bugs to the importance of keeping our environment clean.

On the water front, VCMWD staff spoke to and distributed water-related activity books to each student to take home or to the classroom. The kids always enjoy the SD County’s Office of Education Splash Lab and Green Machine. Both of these mobile class labs are fully funded by VCMWD. When staff questioned the kids on water saving ideas, they are always amusing and entertaining. The bottom line is the students are aware of the importance of water, and offer adults some clever ways to save water.