Rachél Lather for Director, Soquel Creek Water District
Qualified, Experienced and Passionate about Clean and Safe Water
“I am passionate about ensuring that
sustainable and safe drinking water
is available to our community.”
Protecting Monterey Bay
I believe with every problem there is an opportunity to do something even better.
As the Sanitation Engineer for the County of Santa Cruz, I focused on constructing sewer projects to replace faulty sewers to protect nearby waterways and beaches. The majority of my projects were funded with partial or full grant funding, saving taxpayer over $14 million dollars. These projects included the replacement of sewers along Soquel Creek and Noble Gulch in Capitola, and Aptos Creek and New Brighton State Beach in Aptos and Capitola.
Experience Makes a Difference
I have a track record for being an effective leader in completing important infrastructure projects that protect the environment. Conservation will continue to play a critical role moving forward. I plan to use my skills to help our community develop a more diversified drought-resistant portfolio of water resources, including purifying recycled water and purchasing treated surface water from the City of Santa Cruz.
Education Never Ends
I earned both Bachelor and Master degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and have been working as a civil engineer for over 32 years.
I continue to attend classes and conferences to keep up to date on the technological advances in water, wastewater treatment, construction and financing.
I am an active member of the California Water and Environment Association, which promotes continuing education for the water and wastewater industry.
Finding a variety of grants to curtail costs to our customers is another skill set I bring to the table. Having the knowledge, experience and expertise to find ways of saving money as well as protecting our environment are crucial skills for our community.
I will use my 14 years of experience developing and managing Special District budgets to ensure that Soquel Creek Water District continues to be fiscally responsible.