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District of Distinction

The Goleta Sanitary District is proud to announce that it has once again been awarded the District of Distinction, Platinum Level accreditation from the Special District Leadership Foundation for sound fiscal management policies, excellence in board and executive governance, public transparency, and district operations. GSD is the only special district in the County to receive this highest-level recognition.

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On September 26, 2018 the District received the Platinum Level District of Distinction award from the Special District Leadership Foundation. This prestigious honor was given to the District for successfully implementing a comprehensive list of high level transparency and good governance practices. The District had already been awarded the Transparency Certificate of Excellence in 2017, which was one step toward earning this award.  Our entire Governing Board received a certificate of completion for the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Leadership Academy, earning them Recognition in Governance in April 2018, another step toward the District of Distinction honor. The Board of Directors and staff at Goleta Sanitary District are proud to have earned this recognition, and look forward to renewing it in 2021.

The Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.


  • Mission:

    We protect public health and the environment through cost-effective wastewater collection, treatment, and resource recovery to meet present and future community needs.

  • Vision:

    To be the Region’s Leader in Water Resource Recovery through Excellence and Innovation.

  • Values:

    We value our Community, the People we Serve, and the Environment we Protect by: Acting with Integrity, Being Dependable, Being Responsible, Being Safe and, Being Innovative.