About Us


On August 19, 2022 residents were notified of the need to boil/disinfect all tap water used for drinking and cooking purposes. 

The Oakwood Lake Water System has confirmed through comprehensive testing of the water that it is safe to drink.  It is no longer necessary to boil tap water or to consume bottled water.

For more information, please contact:

Water Utility contact: Casey Wichert, caseywichert@valleyoperators.com, 209-483-5525

State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water:  209-948-3963

The Oakwood Lake Water District (OLWD) provides water and wastewater services to the Oakwood Shores subdivision and the Oakwood Lake Mobile Home Park.  OLWD is the water and sewer service provider for Oakwood Shores Subdivision and the Oakwood Mobile Home Park. Lafferty Communities is the builder of the Oakwood Shores Subdivision homes. OLWD, Lafferty Communities, and the Oakwood Shores Homeowners’ Association are each separate entities and are responsible for different services.

OLWD is a California Water District organized pursuant to California Water Code Section 34000 et seq., and subject to many of the same governing laws as cities, counties, and other public agencies. OLWD is not a “for profit” service provider and is not related to the Oakwood Shores Homeowners’ Association.

Your drinking water source is groundwater which is pumped from two deep wells located within the District. The water is then treated, disinfected, and stored on site for delivery to your home. The two lakes located at Oakwood Shores are recreational and not sources of drinking water. Wastewater from the subdivisions and mobile home park is now pumped to the City of Manteca who treats and disposes of it under contract with the District.

Regular Meetings of the Board of Directors of the Oakwood Lake Water District are held on the Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Oakwood Shores Clubhouse, 1699 Bella Lago Way.  The meeting schedule is subject to change, so please check the website for the most up to date information.

Pursuant to California Government Code Section 54953(e), the District is holding Board meetings remotely.  No physical meeting location will be provided.  Call-in directions and information for all meetings will be provided on each Board agenda.

Board Members

The Oakwood Lake Water District's Board Members are responsible for governing the district's activities.

Gene Oliver, President

Steve Marino, Vice-President

Nelson Bahler, Director

Tim Smith, Director

Scott Anderson, Director


Notice of District Election - November 8, 2022

Oakwood Lake Water District (OLWD) is a California Water District (see California Water Code section 34000 and following) with a five (5) member Board of Directors elected by landowners within the District.  OLWD transitioned in 2021 from odd-year to even-year elections to align with the majority of entities in the County which will increase County elections efficiency and reduce election costs. Elections are conducted in coordination with the San Joaquin County Elections Department.  OLWD provides for ballot preparation, mailing, receipt, and tabulation.  As a landowner-voting District (see more information below) OLWD contracts with an independent auditing firm to receive and tabulate ballots.  Candidate paperwork, candidate submittals, and candidate questions are handled directly by the San Joaquin County Elections Department. 

Unlike many public agencies of which you may be familiar, OLWD is a landowner-voting District, which means that only holders of title to land within the District may vote in District elections.  California Water Code section 34700 states that Directors shall be one of the following: (a) a holder of title to land within the district; (b) the legal representative of a holder of land within the District (a person duly authorized to act for, and on behalf of, a holder of title to land that is not a natural person); or (c) a representative designated by a holder of title to land within the District, if the holder has filed with the District written evidence of that designation. 

Voting is weighted in proportion to the acreage owned within the District, with holdings of less than one-acre being counted as one-acre.  All landowners within OLWD are entitled to vote, regardless of whether OLWD currently provides services to their parcel(s).

OLWD elections are by-mail ballot only, there is no option for in-person voting.  The election date is November 8, 2022, with the Board positions held by Director Gene Oliver (4-year term), Director Timothy Smith (4-year term), Director Nelson Bahler (4-year term), and Director Scott Anderson (2-year term) up for election in 2022.  

The candidacy filing period for the election begins July 18, 2022, and ends August 12, 2022 (subject to extension to August 17, 2022 if any incumbent fails to file candidacy paperwork).  OLWD does not provide the candidacy paperwork or instructions on completion.  These services are available directly from the San Joaquin County Elections Department at: 44 North San Joaquin Street, Third Floor, Suite 350, Stockton, CA, 95202 and at (209) 468-8683.

Should there be more candidates than positions up for election, ballots and voting instructions will be mailed to each property owner in early-October 2022.  Completed ballots must be received by the independent auditor no later than November 8, 2022.  A ballot will also be valid if postmarked by November 8, 2022, and received no later than November 11, 2022.

Contact Jean Knight, District Secretary at (209) 320-8231 for more information


Aerial shot of Oakwood Lake Water District

Oakwood Lake Water District
Mailing Address

PO Box 77980
Stockton, CA 95267

Phone: (209) 239-2481 Voicemail
Emergency Phone: (866) 684-2755 Water or Wastewater Emergencies
Billing Phone: (209) 239-2481
Billing Email: lynnewichert@valleyoperators.com