Olivenhain Municipal Water District Announces the 2020 Pure Excellence Award Winners

By on November 23, 2020

During their November 18 board meeting, the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) board of directors recognized nine individuals and businesses with the 2020 Pure Excellence awards. The awards winners were recognized for making a significant, positive impact over the last year in the community, the San Diego region, or local water systems.

“It is always important to celebrate stand-out efforts by individuals and companies, and this year, it may be needed even more,” commented OMWD Board President Ed Sprague. “Tonight’s award winners represent a wide array of fields, abilities, and services, but all have used their talents to make a difference in our communities.”

The 2020 Pure Excellence recipients and their contributions are:

Business of the Year – D&H Water Systems, for its critical part in recent upgrades to systems at OMWD’s David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant.

Agricultural Customer of the Year – Chuck Badger, acknowledged as a resource in the development of OMWD conservation and agricultural programs.

Residential Customer of the Year – Laura Lisauskas, created a water-efficient and colorful yard that serves as an example of a California-friendly landscape.

Commercial Customer of the Year – Carter’s Hay and Grain for coordination with OMWD staff during OMWD’s headquarters renovation project.

Recycled Water Customer of the Year – Leucadia Wastewater District partnered with OMWD on a project to utilize recycled water for sewer cleaning and street sweeping.

Non-Profit of the Year – The Escondido Creek Conservancy for its dedication to protecting habitat in the Escondido Creek Watershed and connecting students to their natural environment.

Volunteer of the Year – Adena Boxer-Capitano, has been a volunteer for the Escondido Creek Conservancy and OMWD’s Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve since 2014, and helps to develop educational programs at EFRR’s Interpretive Center.

Educator of the Year – Bill Dean, creator of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Internship Program and trains students to develop sustainable solutions to reduce stormwater pollution.

Presidential Award – Leonard Wittwer was recognized for a lifetime of dedication to the community, Escondido Creek Watershed, and Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.