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Women's History Month: Elizabeth George was a champion of clean water

Elizabeth L. "Betty" George

In honor of Women’s History Month, we recognize the contributions to NID by local business leader Elizabeth L. “Betty” George.

NID’s first modern water treatment plant was built on Banner Mountain near Nevada City. Funding for the $1.3 million plant was spearheaded by Elizabeth, who was serving as president of the Sierra Economic Development District.

The water treatment plant, named in her honor, was dedicated on May 27, 1970. When it began operation, it supplied 2,200 customers.

“She was very caring about the community,” said longtime friend Vera Koehler of Grass Valley. “She had great organizational skills. She got people to work together.”

NID’s Board Secretary Dorothy Miller recalled, “Do your homework – that was one of her favorite sayings. She didn’t have much patience for people who weren’t prepared.”

Read about Elizabeth here

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