To ensure the efficient and effective delivery of imported and recycled water in southeastern Los Angeles County, the Legislature should pass special legislation to preserve the district as an independent entity but modify the district's governance structure. In doing so, the Legislature should consider a governance structure that ensures the district remains accountable to those it serves; for example, the district's board could be changed from one elected by the public at large to one appointed by the district's customers.
Assembly Bill 1794 (Chapter 401, Statutes of 2016) requires the board of directors of the Central Basin Municipal Water District to be composed of eight directors, until the directors elected at the November 6, 2022, election take office. At that time, the board will be composed of seven directors, three of which shall be appointed by the water purveyors of the district, and the remaining four shall be elected by the voters for each division established by law. This statute requires that each of the four elected directors shall be a resident of the division from which he or she is elected.