Water board vice president dies

Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board Vice President Jim Peasley

Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board Vice President Jim Peasley passed away Aug. 2.

Peasley, 71, served on the District’s Board of Directors for the past 12 years as Board president in 2014 and 2019, vice president in 2013, 2018, and 2022. Peasley was a Blossom Valley resident along with his wife Linda.
Peasley had close to 40 years of experience in water, recycled water, and wastewater industries as a Registered Professional Civil Engineer. Prior to joining the Padre Dam Board, he served the water community as an Engineering Manager at Otay Water District.

Board President Bill Pommering said it was an honor to work with Peasley for more than a decade in a press release.

“Our community has lost a friend and a champion of serving the water needs of our community,” he said. “He will certainly be missed. I believe over the coming weeks, months and years we will realize even more how important the contributions Jim offered the water community here and I am grateful for everything he did in service to this Board, the District and the community.”

During his tenure on the District’s Board, Peasley was a strong advocate for ensuring water reliability while working to keep costs down, according to the press release. He supported the District’s efforts to bring a local water supply to East County through the East County Advanced Water Purification Program and was excited to see that project move into the construction phase and become a reality. Additionally, he made significant contributions as a representative on the San Diego Metro Commission/Metro Wastewater Joint Powers Authority, San Diego Area Wastewater Management Committee and the Santee Chamber of Commerce.

“Director Peasley’s passing is an immense loss for Padre Dam and the professional water community. I was impressed by the wealth of knowledge and professionalism he brought especially when working on key wastewater issues for the District and his desire to see the success of the East County AWP Program,” stated Padre Dam Board member Suzanne Till.