At its founding in 1911, the Long Beach Water Department was originally placed under the control of the Long Beach City Manager. In the subsequent years, the City of Long Beach continued to grow while its water supply became more unreliable. It eventually became apparent that independent oversight of the Water Department would be necessary.
The need for an independent Water Commission was brought to the city’s attention by two separate committees formed in 1930, a Citizens Water Committee and a Water Rights Committee. Each committee would be tasked with studying local water conditions and subsequently reporting their findings and recommendations.
The current President of the Board is Harry Saltzgaver, who was elected by his fellow Board members in September 2019. Frank Martinez will serve as Vice President, with Art Levine serving as Secretary.