Rosamond Community Services District History

Mission Statement

To provide safe drinking water that meets or exceeds all of the State and Federal Government standards; maintain a sewage treatment facility that disposes of waste in an effective and efficient manner and provide sufficient street lighting to the community. The District will strive to provide these services as economically as possible.

In 1966 the citizens of Rosamond voted to create the Rosamond Community Services District (RCSD) for the purpose of providing water for domestic, irrigation and fire flow use, collection and treatment of waste and storm waters and for the maintenance of street lights. In 1998 the voters added two additional powers, graffiti abatement and parks and recreation to those originally approved in 1966. At the time the original district was approved, a bond issue was authorized by the voters. A portion of the funds from that bond issue were used to build a waste collection and treatment system and two evaporation ponds. Additional monies from that bond were used to purchase a local private water company and make needed improvements to the water system. Repayment of the bonds was completed in 2003.

Rosamond Water Tank

Growth in the Rosamond area was minimal from the mid sixties through the early part of the eighties. As the California economy started expanding in the early eighties, Rosamond started to feel a similar growth with connections to the water system increasing from 600 to 750. In the ten year period from 1982 to 1992, the total connections increased to over 3,000. At the present time the District manages almost 5,000 accounts. Prior to 1982 the Districts activities were handled by four full-time and one part-time employee. Today about 30 employees handle over 5,000 customers and the two additional functions added in 1998.

The District currently maintains nine wells, a waste water treatment facility, two parks, graffiti removal, 16 evaporation ponds, water banking, and over 550 street lights.

In 2005, RCSD participated in the formation of a water bank called, The Semitropic-Rosamond Water Bank Authority (SRWBA) which merged with Semitropic Water Storage District (Semitropic) Stored Water Recovery Unit (SWRU) and the Antelope Valley Water Bank (AVWB) which provides water bank customers with a diversity of assets, operational flexibility, and unparalleled reliability. The unique combination of the AVWB and SWRU, which are located in different geographic areas within Kern County, provides customers with the ability to acquire, exchange and deliver water throughout California providing reliable, cost effective water supplies. RCSD is looking to further secure Rosamond's water resources through water banking and ground water pumping.

And then recently in 2007, the Board of the RCSD founded the Rosamond Foundation, a non-profit organization, to support the Parks and Recreation Departments goals of developing and maintaining community programs and facilities.