Our Core Mission is to bring a better quality of life to our community of Rosamond by providing essential services at the best cost while striving, in everything that we do, to be protective and prudent with our community's resources and money.
Protect & Preserve
- We strive to make every decision based on fiscally sound policies and best practices to insure that the money and resources are managed prudently, protecting the investment the people have made in their community.
Transparency & Trust
- Building trust from the community is an ongoing process where we function as an open book, not only following the laws of open government, but maintaining complete transparency while encouraging public participation and oversight.
Safe & Sustained
- Providing the safest and highest quality water possible, it is our dedicated obligation to secure sustained water sources at the lowest rate achievable bringing life to Rosamond.
Commitment & Care
- We are committed to providing the best level of customer service, with a caring and friendly attitude, working towards building the community’s confidence in us and the job that we do for each and every customer.
Value & Vital
- We endeavor for excellence in providing vital services to Rosamond because we know that the community needs and values the best quality of life possible
About the District
The RCSD was formed in 1966 under the Community Services District Law, Division 3, 61000 of Title 6 of the Government Code of the State of California. RCSD provides water and sewer service to residential and commercial customers for domestic, commercial, irrigation, and fire protection uses. Additionally, RCSD provides street lighting, and graffiti abatement services.
The citizens of Rosamond voted to create the Rosamond Community Services District (RCSD), a special district, 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.
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, 17 Full-Time and 2 Part-Time 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, 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. Today, the water bank is known as the Willow Springs Water Bank. 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.
In 2018, the District relieved itself of the power of Parks and Recreation.
What is a special district?
A special district is a form of local government that is created by constituents to meet the needs of their community. Special districts can perform a single service or provide multiple services. Rosamond Community Services District is an independent special district that is governed by their own boards that are elected by the voters.
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