We are honored to be named the #1 Top Workplace in Orange County by the Orange County Register! Even during this global pandemic, under our Board’s leadership, we have been resilient and innovative in delivering safe, clean water to the communities we serve and keeping our employees and customers safe. As we celebrate the District’s 60 years of service this year, we are proud to serve you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

Excerpts from the OC Register: 

What makes Moulton Niguel a top-ranking workplace four years in a row?

“It’s the people,” Lopez said. “When you have amazing people, you can’t help but have an incredible culture of kindness (and) service.”

By ensuring workers have sufficient personal protective equipment and splitting field workers into separate crews, the agency “has taken important steps to keep their employees safe,” said Charles Barfield, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, the union representing some of Moulton Niguel’s workers.

“We hold them in very high regard,” Barfield said of the water district.

Lopez said her goal is to create an environment where everyone feels safe — both physically and emotionally. Employees need to feel supported, valued and part of something great, she said.

“When you focus on something greater and bigger than yourself, you can’t help but have an amazing experience,” Lopez said. “Work shouldn’t be just about work.”

“From the beginning (of the pandemic) until now, our employees have been so dedicated to our customers, being resourceful, going above and beyond because they believe in what we do,” Lopez said. “Being a top workplace means better service to our customers, and it creates an environment that fosters trust.”


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