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Posted on: May 19, 2023

CVWD’s Cheng appointed president of the State Water Contractors Board

Robert Cheng, CVWD assistant general manager headshot

Assistant General Manager Robert Cheng of Coachella Valley Water District has been appointed President of the State Water Contractors (SWC) Board of Directors. Cheng was appointed during the board’s May 18 annual meeting. The offices are held for one year.

State Water Contractors is a non-profit association of 27 public water agencies working to provide clean drinking water to more than 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland throughout the state.

SWC advocates sensible, science-based policies related to the State Water Project that result in sustainable and cost-effective management of the SWP for California’s residents, economy and environment.

“I appreciate the continued support from my fellow Board members to help lead this organization in the next year,” said Cheng. 

“The last 12 months have tested the resilience of the State Water Project more so than other times in recent memory.  2022 brought 5% Table A allocation that required Human Health and Safety deliveries to some agencies. That was followed in 2023 with historically wet hydrology resulting in the first 100% Table A allocation in 17 years, and flood conditions in certain portions of the service area.  

“Throughout the changing conditions, the talented SWC staff has been invaluable as a resource and trusted interface between the Contractors and the Department of Water Resources.  This relationship between the organizations allows us to ensure that this incredibly important asset stands ready to deliver water reliably to the residents of California.”

Cheng has been on the SWC Board since 2018 and the Assistant General Manager of Coachella Valley Water District since 2013.

State Water Contractors Board of Officers 2023-2024 

  • President - Robert Cheng (Coachella Valley Water District)
  • Vice President - Laura Hidas (Alameda County Water District)
  • Secretary-Treasurer - Jacob Westra (Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District)

Robert Cheng, Assistant General Manager
Coachella Valley Water District

Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 113 000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, primarily in Riverside County and portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

Media Contact: Lorraine Garcia
(760) 398-2661, ext. 2549
(760) 695-4007

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