Local agencies honored for cooperation

San Ramon, DSRSD among those recognized for sharing resources, personnel during lean times

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

The California Local Agency Formation Commission awarded the cities of San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore, along with the Dublin San Ramon Services District and the Zone 7 Water Agency, with its Government Leadership Award at the commission's annual conference earlier this month.

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

The commission looked at how these municipalities and agencies work together to provide water to the area. The commission'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 award study. The resulting "Tri-Valley Intergovernmental Reciprocal Services Master Agreement" will make it easier for agencies to coordinate when sharing resources or personnel, according to commission officials.

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District also joined in on the agreement.

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