David Breninger, the longtime general manager of the Placer County Water Agency, announced his retirement this week.
Breninger said the time was right to pass on water management to the next generation.
“PCWA and the management of water resources across our county are literally at a high watermark on all the issues that are important to us,” he said Friday. “It seems like a good time to take an exit ramp from the agency and profession.”
Breninger, 68, came to the utility district in 1992 from Grass Valley, where he was city administrator for eight years. Though the state’s drought is still looming, Breninger believes the situation will improve over the coming year.
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“Our customers throughout the region have all risen to the occasion to conserve water, and the utilities have worked closely together to help each other out,” he said.
PCWA serves about 39,000 customers in Placer County and sells water to the city of Lincoln on a wholesale basis. During Breninger’s tenure, PCWA constructed the American River pump station, water treatment plants and negotiated an agreement to sell the agency’s hydroelectric energy output to the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
PCWA’s Board of Directors will launch a search to replace Breninger, who will officially step down in March.
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