About Us

What We Do

As a recognized leader in water conservation and innovation, the Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) contributes to creating a sustainable community, develops collaborative partnerships, and fosters a quality workforce.

We take our commitment to our community’s health and quality of life seriously. We are dedicated to hard work, inventive thinking and using our professional expertise to make smart infrastructure investments and come up with diverse solutions.

LBWD is proud of our commitment to sustainability to keep our Long Beach lifestyle strong.

While our department has varied in both size and scope over 100 years, our mission remains the same: to provide exceptional customer service. We are here to serve our community with a high quality, reliable drinking water supply and collect wastewater in an environmentally responsible manner.

To learn more about our history, click on the images below to see how and why the Long Beach Water Department was formed and how we have evolved during the last 100 years.

The Long Beach Water Department was established by a vote of the people in 1911. 

In 1931, the Water Department was put under the direction of an independent, five-member Board of Water Commissioners.  That same year, the Water Department also became one of the founding member agencies of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD)

History of the Long Beach Water Department - Pre 1945
History of the Long Beach Water Department - 1945 - 2000
History of the Long Beach Water Department - 2001 - 2011

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