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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

West Basin Municipal Water DistrictCandidate for Member, Board of Directors, Division 1

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Harold Williams

Director, West Basin Municipal Water District Division 1
38,014 votes (72.53%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Help the district maintain its position as leader in recycled water, conservation, education and in groundwater desalting. As well as in the area of exploration of ocean water desalination.
  • Ensure greater public outreach campaigns, especially in the unincorporated areas of the district.
  • Ensure that the district continues to build strong partnerships with cities, water agencies, environmental groups, and funding agencies.



Profession:Civil Engineer/Water Resources Manager
Consulting Civil Engineer, Private Practice (1990–current)
Director, West Basin Municipal Water District (2014–current)
Councilmember, City of Carson — Elected position (2004–2009)
Public Works Director, City of Carson (1984–1989)
Public Works Director, City of Lynwood (1980–1984)


California State University, Long Beach Master of Science (M.S.), civil engineering (1976)

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors, National Water Research Institute (2015–current)
Member, Executive Committee, CalDeasl (2016–current)
Member, American Society of Civil Engineer (1976–current)


Harold Williams was elected to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors in November 2014.  Williams currently serves as Secretary of the Board.  He has been appointed by his colleagues to serve as one of West Basin's representatives on the Metropolitan Water District Water Board. In addition, he is a Member of the Board for the National Water Research Institute and CalDesal Executive Committee.  


Williams is a California registered civil engineer by profession, a career that he has held for over 40 years. He is currently doing business as a consulting Civil Engineer, helping cities and special districts resolve their infrastructure challenges. Prior to entering private practice, Williams led the Department of Public Works for the City of Gardena as the Director of Public Works and City Engineer.  He has held similar positions with the cities of CarsonHermosa BeachLawndale and Lynwood.


Williams was elected to the Carson City Council in a special election in 2004 and was re-elected in a regularly scheduled election in 2005.  A longtime Carson resident and community leader, Williams held leadership positions in numerous civic organizations and served on different city commissions.

During Williams’ second term on Council, he served as an “At-Large” Director on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities and a member of the Environmental Quality Policy Committee of the Los Angeles County Division of the League. Currently, he serves on the Los Angeles County Building Board of Appeals.

As an active member of his professional community, Williams served as President of the American Public Works Association - Southern California Chapter, President of the City and County Engineers Association, and Treasurer of the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers. 

Williams graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles.  After serving three years in the U.S. Army, he earned his AA degree from Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from California State University Los Angeles.  In addition, he earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a certificate in Small Business from California State University Long Beach.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Don Dear Director, West Basin Municipal Water 5
  • Janice Hahn, Supervisor, 4th District
  • Nannette Diaz Barragan, Congresswoman, 44th District

Elected Officials (13)

  • Kay Cooperman-Jue, Member, Board of Trustees Palos Verdes Library District
  • Leticia Vasquez-Wilson, Director, Central Basin Municipal Water District 4
  • Susan Seamans, Councilwoman (Ret.), City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • Gloria Gray, Director, West Basin Municipal Water District 2
  • Dr. Mark Henderson, Councilman, City of Gardena
  • Cedric Hicks, Councilman, City of Carson
  • John Cruikshank, Councilman, City of Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Jawane Hilton, Mayor-Tem, City of Carson
  • Britt Huff, Mayor, City of Rolling Hills Estates
  • Susan Brooks, Mayor, City of Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Patrict O'Donnell, Assemblyman, 70th District
  • Al Muratsuchi, Assemblyman, 66th District
  • Mike Gipson, Assemblyman, 64th District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Quality Water = Quality of Life

"Water conservation is an attitude - it's a state of mind.

  • Motivation is what gets you stated
  • Habit is what keeps you going."

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