Water experts honored for cooperation

Agencies share resources, personnel during lean times

Six Tri-Valley cities and water management agencies have been honored by a state commission for their ability to share resources related to water management.

The California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions awarded the city of Dublin, the city of Pleasanton, the city of Livermore, the city of San Ramon, the Dublin San Ramon Services District and the Zone 7 Water Agency their Government Leadership Award at the commission's annual conference on Sept. 3.

The agencies provide water, wastewater and stormwater service to about 277,000 people in the Tri-Valley.

The agencies looked at how these municipalities and agencies work together to provide water to the area. The agency's study also identified 15 areas where more integration could occur and other options for long-term cooperation.

The six honorees established a partnership plan as a result of the study. The resulting "Tri-Valley Intergovernmental Reciprocal Services Master Agreement" will make it easier for agencies to coordinate when sharing resources or personnel. The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District also joined in on the agreement.

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