NARRATIVE: The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) is more than just a 
wastewater agency: it is an environmental steward, dedicated to meeting the wastewater and recycling 
needs of its member agencies.  Moreover, the MWRPCA aims to provide the highest quality of customer 
service in the pursuit of the efficient, innovative utilization of wastewater.  

In order to effectively address this regional problem, the MRWPCA has realized the importance of inter-
agency cooperation and coordination.  To this end, the MRWPCA has taken the lead in developing 
numerous agreements and contractual arrangements necessary to better utilize diverse, albeit 
unorthodox, water resources.  Pure Water Monterey (PWM), the embodiment of these efforts, has 
included contractual arrangements with nine different local organizations in addition to approval by no 
less than twenty-one different local, State, and Federal agencies.    

Beyond the staggering degree of collaborative effort exercised by the Agency, the most unique aspect of 
Pure Water Monterey is the innovative use of traditionally overlooked water sources.  The program will 
aggregate and purify municipal wastewater, stormwater, agricultural wash water, and tile drain water 
from impaired agricultural drainage ditches to be used for agricultural irrigation and indirect potable 

Speaking to its spirit of cross-collaboration, the Agency has implemented a strategic planning process 
that not only includes the Board of Directors, but also representatives of each level of the management 
team and representatives from each labor group.  Every six months, this group convenes to review the 
progress of tactics ascribed to each strategic focus area adopted by the Board, and to validate the 
relevance of each tactic.  In addition to this peer-review evaluation, the progress of these actions taken 
is routinely reviewed with the Board of Directors.   

Borne out of the strategic planning process described above, the IT Steering Committee (ITSC) is tasked 
with implementing the recently-drafted IT Strategic Plan.   The ITSC, comprised of representatives of a 
variety of work groups across the Agency, convenes on a quarterly basis to set and discuss milestones 
towards reaching its goal.  

In an effort to attract, develop and retain exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled staff, the MRWPCA 
has implemented several innovative programs.  Most recently, the Operator-in-Training Internship 
Program was incepted and established by the collective efforts of Operations and management staff.  In 
sum, the Agency has partnered with a local community college to develop a pool of well-qualified 
candidates for future recruitments.  Gavilan Community College provides classroom training for water 
and wastewater related topics, while the MRWPCA provides the hands-on experience and certified 
wastewater operators as mentors.   This program hits a triple bottom line of sorts: it provides an 
education in the wastewater industry, work experience required for State certification, and provides the 
Agency with skilled labor at little cost.    

Ultimately, the MRWPCA is dedicated to ensuring financial stability, sustainability, and stewardship of 
the organization for its rate payers and member agencies.  This responsibility is addressed through the 
development of a ten year financial plan, associated ten year capital improvement program, and a multi-
year rate plan.  To solicit input regarding these efforts, the Agency is concurrently developing facility 
master plans for the Regional Treatment Plant (RTP) and its extensive network of pump stations and 
force mains.  Additionally, the Agency has purchased and begun implementation of a new Computerized