Early results indicate utility consolidation measure will pass


Nov. 9, 2022

Contact:  Lauren Gold Howland
Public Information Officer
Phone:     (562) 355-1201 


LONG BEACH, CALIF. (NOV. 9, 2022) — Based upon the latest update to election results posted early Wednesday, the ballot measure to consolidate the Long Beach water, sewer and natural gas utilities will likely be passed by voters.

The Long Beach Water Department looks forward to the final, certified election results next month. Customers should remain confident that water, sewer and natural gas services and billing will continue as normal without interruption, regardless of the outcome of the election.

Long Beach Water is committed to working with our partners at the natural gas utility, currently under the Energy Resources Department, to facilitate a smooth transition to a unified public utilities department.

“We take the responsibility of the public’s trust and confidence seriously,” Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners President Gloria Cordero said. “While it’s still early, we are committed to moving forward in the consolidation process with integrity, transparency and with the best interest of our customers in mind.”

In the weeks and months ahead, the department will be working internally and externally to bring forth a seamless consolidation process to best serve our customers. Details and a more concrete timeline will be established in the coming months, following final election certification and coordination with employees.

“All three utilities involve extensive underground pipeline systems underneath the same streets, and we largely serve the same residents and businesses,” Long Beach Water General Manager Chris Garner said. “Customers will benefit from enhanced, coordinated utility services, overarching department cost savings and a cohesive, one-stop shop for water, sewer and natural gas utility needs.”

Garner is set to serve as general manager of the new, combined utilities department, pending official Board approval.

Utility information and assistance can be found at:

Water & Sewer

  • General: (562) 570-2300
  • Emergency: (562) 570-2390

Natural Gas/Energy Resources

Periodic updates on the consolidation effort will also be posted on the departments’ websites as available.




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