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Riverside, Calif. – Outgoing Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) General Manager David H. Wright, who announced his retirement from the City of Riverside last month, will soon begin duties as the Chief Financial Officer for the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) provides retail water service to more than one million people, while the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) provides wholesale water service to nearly two million people across southern Nevada.

Wright, who has been at the helm of RPU since 2005, has also served in various utilities and general city positions during his 25-year career with Riverside including Utilities’ Deputy Director, Chief Financial Officer, and as City Controller.

The customer base LVVWD and SNWA serve is more than seven times that of RPU’s, and Wright says he looks forward to the additional challenges ahead. “As in Riverside, the area is still impacted from the economic recession. Additionally, there are the continuing tasks of meeting service commitments for current and future customers’ needs in an area struggling with persistent drought,” Wright said.

Nevada is one of six western states which rely primarily upon the Colorado River to supply its water needs.

Helping to maintain RPU’s historic groundwater rights, and constructing treatment plants to make the Riverside water utility independent (free of having to purchase more expensive imported water supplies) was among the many impactful water and energy utility accomplishments Wright was a part of.

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