For Immediate Release: August 24, 2022

Contact: Socorro Pantaleon,


WVWD Issues Statement on the Passing of Former Board President     Dr. Clifford O. Young, Sr.


RIALTO, Calif.  West Valley Water District (WVWD) Board of Directors today issued the following statement following the passing of former Board President Dr. Clifford O. Young, Sr.:

“As we reflect on the life of Dr. Clifford Young, a longtime leader of the West Valley Water District, we salute and commemorate his dedication to advocating for California’s communities and water issues,” said WVWD Board President Channing Hawkins. “On behalf of the West Valley Board of Directors, we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Young.”


Dr. Young joined the West Valley Water District Board of Directors in December 2013. During his tenure Dr. Young served as Board President between 2015-2018 and served as Division 3 Board Director until his resignation in early 2022. During his time as Board President, West Valley Water District made environmental history by opening its state of the art Groundwater Wellhead Treatment System that utilized a natural process call bioremediation to remove perchlorate and other harmful chemicals in the water and provide ratepayers with clean water.


Prior to serving on the WVWD Board of Directors, Dr. Young was unanimously selected to serve as Fifth District Supervisor the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Throughout much of his life, he served on behalf of the public for numerous public agencies, boards and commissions and dedicated himself to issues of water and his community.


During his decades long career in academia, he served as a university professor and administrator in the capacity of special assistant to the president for federal relations at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), where he generated funding for the CSUSB Water Resources Institute, which helps to develop water managers and prepare them to meet the state’s future water supply needs.  Dr. Young also served as chair of the CSUSB Department of Public Administration, where he coordinated the expansion of the graduate program to include a concentration in water resource management. His achievements in this role at CSUSB earned him the title of professor emeritus of public administration.



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The West Valley Water District has proudly served the Southern California communities of Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Jurupa Valley since 1952. Through name changes and consolidation, the mission has always remained the same: to provide customers with safe, high quality, and reliable water service at a reasonable rate and in a sustainable manner. The District provides water for about 97,000 customers and is overseen by a five-member, publicly elected Board of Directors.