The City of West Sacramento Renames Water Treatment Plant to Honor Water Pioneer George Kristoff

The City of West Sacramento honored water pioneer, George Kristoff, by renaming the City’s water treatment plant to the George Kristoff Water Treatment Plant. The Bryte Bend Water Treatment Plant has been in operation since 1988, one year after the incorporation of the City of West Sacramento. This achievement followed decades of community activism, perseverance and the courage to fight strong and powerful water purveyors to upgrade water quality and put the control of the water system in the hands of the ratepayers. The area, then known as East Yolo, had extremely poor water quality coming from ground wells.

George Kristoff was an active member of the grass roots group called People for Better Water and served on the East Yolo Community Services District Board from inception to the City’s incorporation. In both capacities he served as a leader in wresting the water system from a private purveyor, securing surface water rights from the Sacramento River and then helping to lead the campaign for a bond issue that allowed for the building of the water treatment plan.

West Sacramento’s excellent water quality is a major factor that led to multiple food production facilities locating in the City of West Sacramento. None of these achievements would be possible if not for the hard work and leadership of George Kristoff and others. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon who presided over the ceremony stated, “George Kristoff embodied the true grit and spirit of the people of West Sacramento. He cared deeply about the quality of life for the residents of his community and no obstacle was too great to overcome. His work set the stage for many of the achievements the City has experienced. The renaming of the water treatment plant is a fitting tribute to a true pioneer in the City’s water history.”

George Kristoff passed away on September 27, 2008 and is the father of Council Member William Kristoff.

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