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Special District

Olivenhain Municipal Water DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 2

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Lawrence A. Watt

Director, Olivenhain Municipal Water District
2,755 votes (49.69%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Keeping Olivenhain Municipal Water District's (OMWD) rates as low as possible.
  • Providing superior customer service to all customers of the District.
  • Maintaining OMWD's status as a "District of Distinction" - one of only 22 in the state of CA.



Profession:Public Works Director (retired)
Director, Olivenhain Municipal Water District — Elected position (2012–current)
Public Works Director and General Manager, San Dieguito Water District, City of Encinitas (2007–2012)
General Manager, Transportation Division, County of San Diego, Dept. of Public Works (1979–2007)


Binghamton University (NY), San Diego State University Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Geography, Transportation Geography (1978)

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Why vote to re-elect Larry Watt?


Larry Watt's qualifications for re-election to the Olivenhain Municipal Water District Board.

For the last five years, Larry has been privileged to be your representative to the Olivenhain Municipal Water District Board (OMWD).  Over this time, he has worked hard to insure that the District continues to deliver water reliably to ratepayers at the lowest possible cost. In fact, over the last several years, OMWD water rates have consistently ranked among the lowest in the San Diego County.


Once again, he would like to earn your vote so he can carry on his service. His professional background and experience give him a unique ability to perform the duties of a municipal agency Director at a high level.


Larry is a lifelong Public Works professional with over 34 years experience in this field. He has been responsible for the provision of a variety of municipal services.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University (NY) and a Master’s Degree from San Diego State University.  Larry’s public service career included positions as:  General Manager of San Diego County’s Transportation Division, Public Works Director for the City of Encinitas and General Manager of the San Dieguito Water District. Last year, at the request of the Encinitas City Council, Larry came out of retirement and stepped in as Interim City Manager while the City recruited for a permanent Manager. 


Larry’s five years as a Board member at OMWD have given him a keen understanding of the decisions the Board needs to make to keep the District operating efficiently and effectively. More challenges lie ahead for OMWD.  The District needs to look seriously at developing additional local water supplies that reduce dependence on imported water. Expanding local water conservation programs and water reuse programs are also imperative.  OMWD needs the type of steady and experienced leadership that Larry provides.



He is also very committed to the well-being of this community. Larry and his wife Suzie have lived in Encinitas for over 36 years.  Their three children were all born and raised here and attended local schools (Flora Vista, Diegueno and La Costa Canyon).  Larry and Suzie have been active members of this community for over three decades.  Larry has coached over 15 youth sports teams and Suzie has been a Speech Therapist at Oak Crest, Ocean Knoll and San Dieguito Academy.  

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