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Public water systems are governed by a locally elected Board of Directors.

Camp Meeker Recreation and Park District
The state legislature passed legislation in 1994 granting this Recreation and Park District the power of a County Water District. The board of directors secured financing in 1996 for the construction of a water source well at Monte Rio, a transmission main and pump station to deliver water to a storage tank on Morelli Lane.

Subsequently, a second project replaced all water delivery facilities, and included two additional storage tanks. This project was constructed in 1999/2000. All operations are monitored by a remote telemetry system which reports the status of all critical equipment to a control center and sends alarms to the operator’s pager.

The system serves 365 customers. An additional annual charge of $350 is collected with property taxes to finance the $5.3 million capital improvements. The district received a total of $2.1 million in grants from the State Department of Water Resources and the Federal Rural Development Agency.

This system provides fire protection with a minimum flow of 750 gpm. The source is high-quality ground water produced with the deep gravel of the Russian River basin.

The Camp Meeker Recreation and Park District holds monthly public meetings:
Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 pm
Location: Anderson Hall on Tower Road, Camp Meeker

Occidental Community Services District
The Board of Directors received a grant and a loan from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Rural Development Utilities Programs to construct an intertie to the Camp Meeker Water System. The construction, completed in 2006, consists of a well at Monte Rio, improvements to the Camp Meeker treatment plant at Alliance Redwoods, installation of a 6" pipeline from Hampton Road to Occidental and replacement of a majority of the old distribution mains, installation of fire hydrants and replacement of the services in Occidental.

The system serves 70 customers; however, a number of commercial customers pay a majority of the capital repayment costs. The capital repayment costs were assessed against the property and the repayment of the USDA loan is collected with the county property tax. This system is monitored and controlled by a remote radio telemetry system.

The Occidental Community Services District holds monthly public meetings:
Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 pm
Location: Occidental Fire Station on Bohemian Highway

Rains Creek Water District
This water system is a county water district, governed by a board of directors elected by the voters within the district. The service area consists of the former Hiatt Mutual and the private Rains Creek Water Company. The County of Sonoma Public Works Department secured grants and a low-interest loan to drill a well near the airport, construct a mainline distribution system and fabricate a new tank near Hiatt Road.

Water quality is excellent and consists of the underflow of the Russian River. Treatment consists of disinfection and corrosion control. The district serves 62 customers.

Russian River Utility maintains the facilities and collects all water quality samples.

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