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Don Smith, Director of Water Resources

Mr. Smith guides the activities of the Water Resources Division, directing operations and activities at Lake Henshaw, the District's local water supply and administering contracts for the treatment of water at the Escondido-Vista water treatment plant and the Weese treatment plant in the city of Oceanside.

Mr. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of water rights, local water production, conveyance and delivery, dam safety, water treatment processes and land management having led Vista Irrigation District’s (District) Water Resources Division since 2000. Before joining the District, he worked as a civil engineering consultant for fifteen years in the private sector. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, a master’s degree in Oceanography and is licensed as a Registered Civil Engineer in California.