On November 8, 2022, voters will be able to choose a new member of the Water Replenishment District #3.

It is critical that you carefully read the labels each candidate has given themselves to encourage your vote.

1. John Allen, Retired Water Commissioner. Actually, Mr. Allen is not a retired water commissioner. It appears that he does not want voters to know he is on the WRD and has been since 2014. During this time the WRD was sued by several cities for illegal assessments and embroiled in internal problems concerning management and board members.

2. Mike Murchison, Water Infrastructure Advocate. Mr. Murchison makes his living as a full-time paid lobbyist and boasts on his consulting website that he is currently “working with Silverlakes ownership to identify state funds for a water infrastructure project.”

3. Gerrie Schipske, Water Ratepayer Advocate. Ms. Schipske is an attorney, open government, and water ratepayer advocate who successfully challenged illegal rate increases resulting this year in the City of Long Beach returning more than $30 million dollars to ratepayers.

The choice for Water Replenishment District #3 is clear. 
We need leadership that protects you, the ratepayer.

What is WRD?

The Water Replenishment District (WRD) is the largest groundwater agency by population in the state of California, managing and protecting local groundwater resources for four million residents. WRD's service area covers a 420-square-mile region of southern Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States. The 43 cities in the service area, including a portion of the City of Los Angeles, and other unincorporated parts of LA County use about 220,000 acre-feet (72 billion gallons) of groundwater annually which accounts for nearly half of the region's water supply needs.

WRD ensures that a reliable supply of high-quality groundwater is available through replenishment with recycled water and stormwater capture. WRD is responsible for monitoring and testing groundwater throughout the region using effective management principles. In 2013 and 2014, WRD was appointed by the Court as the Watermaster Administrative Body for the Central and West Coast Basins. In this role, WRD is responsible for administering the terms of the legal judgments controlling pumping, water rights sales and leases, storage, and carry-over conversions.

WRD owns three water treatment facilities: two advanced water treatment facilities and a groundwater desalter. Furthermore, WRD leads the robust Regional Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program, a Safe Drinking Water Program, and a Water Education Program.

Division #3 includes: Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach and Signal Hill.

USGS Publications Warehouse

Monday, October 31, 2022


As a Water Ratepayer Advocate, Gerrie Schipske is concerned that in the past six years, the Water Replenishment District has been sued by the cities of Downey, Cerritos, Signal Hill, and Bellflower, for violating Proposition 218 procedural requirements when determining a rate for pumping groundwater.

Assessments must only be spent for “regional benefits, reduce reliance on imported water sources, or enhance water security in the basin.” The monies cannot be used for other purposes which the cities alleged the WRD was doing.

Consequently, the cities agreed to settle for $9.1 million dollars.

The WRD needs a water ratepayer advocate, like Gerrie Schipske, to make certain this does not happen again.