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Posted on: April 7, 2023

CVWD Vice President Estrada Elected as LAFCO Commissioner

Director Cástulo Estrada

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Vice President Cástulo Estrada was elected to the Board of Commissioners for the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for the eastern district of Riverside County.

Estrada joins the seven-member LAFCO Board as a Special District representative. The LAFCO Board includes two Riverside County Supervisors, two City Council representatives, two special district representatives, and a member of the public.

The Board’s responsibilities focus on the regulatory and planning functions related to jurisdictional boundaries for local agencies and their respective services.

Elected to the Coachella Valley Water District in 2014, he was re-elected in 2018 and appointed without opposition in 2022 to his current term, which ends in 2026. During his tenure at CVWD, he has led the formation of the Coachella Valley Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) Infrastructure Task Force which collaborates with stakeholders to develop and implement master plans and pursue funding to develop clean drinking water and sanitation services for residents of the Eastern Coachella Valley.  Last year, CVWD secured over $75 million to fund DAC drinking water and sewer projects with two high-priority projects underway.

Estrada has served on the Salton Sea Authority Board of Directors since 2014, including a term as the President of the Board in 2019/2020 and his current term as Secretary. Estrada was also appointed by the State of California in 2019 and was reappointed through 2024 as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board's Statewide and Regional Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Advisory Group.

“I am honored to serve on the LAFCO Board to ensure we are good stewards on how cities grow and that boundaries are set to serve Riverside County’s growing population efficiently,” said CVWD Vice President Cástulo Estrada.


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 stormwater protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 113,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles in Riverside County and portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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