Long Beach Water Department’s general manager, Kevin Wattier, announced his retirement this week after a 35-year career in the water industry, including 14 years with the Long Beach Water Department. Wattier will retire in September of this year.
“In his 14 years as general manager of the Long Beach Water Department, Kevin Wattier has built a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable water experts in the state, if not the country,” said Harry Saltzgaver, president of the Board of Water Commissioners. “He has led Long Beach to a place where the residents can be assured of a quality water supply, even in tough times. Under his guiding hand, Long Beach has become the leader in water conservation statewide. His work to assure adequate supplies of water for the city didn’t make headlines but will cement his legacy far into the future.”
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia referred to Wattier as “an incredible leader for our water department” and said he ensured not just a consistent supply of quality water for Long Beach but worked to conserve water and improve services to residents.
“Under his leadership, Long Beach has become a statewide leader in conservation efforts through innovative programs like lawn-to-garden and using reclaimed water for irrigation,” Garcia said. “Kevin will be missed. Moving forward, I look forward to working with our water commissioners to meet the immediate challenges of the drought and to ensure we remain a leader in water conservation.”
The Board of Water Commissioners will be conducting a nationwide search for the next general manager, according to Long Beach Water.
“I’ve been privileged to lead one of the region’s best water utilities for the past 14 years,” Wattier said.
Source: Long Beach Water