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Steve Strapac, District Engineer

Mr. Strapac is the District Engineer for the Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD).  He is responsible for overseeing all the District’s engineering activities within RMWD’s eighty square miles of service area.  RMWD provides water and wastewater services to over 19,000 residents.

Steve is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. 

He has over twenty-five years of experience in civil engineering, surveying, utilities, for both private companies and public agencies.   Immediately after college he began work for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), as a Transportation Engineer I.  At WSDOT he specialized in construction inspection and field surveying. 

In 1996, he left the public sector and joined a large engineering firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area that specialized in providing design, construction, and staff-augmentation services to public agencies. He gained Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) design experience with lift stations, force mains, and other sewer and water facilities, as well as heavy construction experience. In 1999, he was selected through the firm as the new consultant City Engineer for the City of El Cerrito.

In 2005 Steve jumped to an ownership role with a private land surveying company.  He bought into a twelve-person firm located in Southern California that specialized in public works consulting, primarily designing CIP projects for public agencies.  During his seven years there, he created and expanded the civil engineering department and created a Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) discipline within the company.  SUE service was provided to public agencies as well as consulting firms providing services to public agencies.

In 2012, he re-entered the public sector; his most recent was with the City of Oceanside as their City Engineer in charge of Development.

Steve was hired as District Engineer at RMWD in June 2018. He also serves as Technical Expert for the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists, where he reviews complaints filed against licensed professionals.