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North Marin Water District

General Manager's Office - Frequently Asked Questions


Novato voters authorized formation of the North Marin Water District (NMWD) in April, 1948 pursuant to provisions of the County Water District Law (refer to the California Water Code - Division 12).  NMWD is an independent special district governed by a five-member Board of Directors.
The NMWD provides water service in the Greater Novato Area and in West Marin (Point Reyes Station, Inverness Park, Olema, and Paradise Ranch Estates).  There is no physical connection of water facilities between the Novato water system and the West Marin water system.  The West Marin water system has a separate source of supply and is a separate improvement district with independent accounting books, rates and charges.

Sewer service is provided in Oceana Marin, a small residential subdivision adjacent to Dillon Beach.

Novato water customers do not subsidize West Marin water or sewer operations.

NMWD elections are held every two years, with Directors elected at large for staggered four-year terms. All registered voters within the NMWD service territory are eligible to vote for NMWD Directors.

Traditionally, at the first Board of Directors meeting in December of each year, newly-elected Directors are seated (if applicable), and the President and Vice President of the Board are elected for the ensuing year. Appointments to vacancies are effective when made.

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings are normally held at the NMWD headquarters, 999 Rush Creek Place, Novato.  Historically, at least one Board of Directors meeting has been held each year in West Marin.
Yes.  Each Board of Directors meeting agenda includes an “Open Time” so that the public may express comments on any issue not specifically listed on the agenda, that are of interest to the public and within the jurisdiction of NMWD.  The Board of Directors cannot take action on “Open Time” issues.  When comments are made about matters not on the agenda, Directors can ask questions for clarification, respond to statements or questions from members of the public, refer a matter to staff, or direct staff to place a matter of business on a future agenda.  The general public may also comment on agendized items at the time of Board consideration.  If you wish the Board of Directors to consider an item, it must be scheduled on a regular agenda.
You may call the NMWD and request your issue to be heard by the Board of Directors on an upcoming agenda.  You will be asked to describe your issue in written form so that it may be included with agenda information provided to the Board of Directors prior to the meeting. Include appropriate back-up information.