Following an extensive nationwide search, the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) has selected Ben Horenstein for the position of General Manager. MMWD’s Board of Directors will approve Mr. Horenstein’s contract at the Tuesday, November 13 board meeting. Mr. Horenstein will begin his new position on December 3, 2018.
“We’re excited to welcome Ben to MMWD. His experience and enthusiasm were unmatched amongst the strong group of candidates we interviewed. I am confident he will be an excellent fit for the unique needs of MMWD,” Board President Armando Quintero said.
With more than 30 years of experience as a water professional, Mr. Horenstein most recently worked for the City of Santa Rosa as the Director of Water. He previously served as the Director of Waste Water and Recycling Department at East Bay Municipal Utility District as well as with the City of Los Angeles, working for the Bureau of Sanitation.
Mr. Horenstein holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and pursued graduate work in Environmental Studies from Loyola Marymount University and Vermont Law School. Mr. Horenstein is a registered Professional Engineer in California and is a certified Grade IV Water and Grade V Wastewater Operator.
“Selecting a general manager is one of the most important decisions we can make as a board,” Board member Cynthia Koehler noted. “Ensuring we have the right leadership to oversee the management of our complex water system, as well as the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, was paramount in our decision.”
Mr. Horenstein stated, “I am looking forward to joining the team at MMWD and to begin collaborating with the Board, staff and community. MMWD has a rich history as the first municipal water district in California – I hope to build on that legacy and make a positive impact.”
MMWD is Marin County’s largest provider of drinking water, serving a population of 190,300 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,600 acres of watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The primary source of water supply is rainfall captured in seven reservoirs, providing 75 percent of the water consumed each year. The remaining 25 percent is imported annually from the Russian River through an agreement with the Sonoma County Water Agency. MMWD also operates its own recycled water system. District operations are financed primarily by revenue from the sale of water.