The Board of Directors of the East Orange County Water District has appointed David Youngblood as General Manager, a district official announced today. Youngblood replaces longtime district head Lisa Ohlund, who has served since 2009 and retires at the end of this year.
“On behalf of my fellow board members, I want to thank Lisa Ohlund for capping her 38-year career serving water and wastewater customers with us here at East Orange County Water District,” said Board President Doug Davert. “We are proud to appoint David Youngblood as our new General Manager. He brings 25 years of experience in water resource management here in Orange County with both public sector and private consulting experience.”
Most recently, Youngblood led engineering and operations at the Laguna Beach County Water District and previously led engineering efforts at both the South Coast Water District and Orange County Water District. Prior to those public sector engagements, Youngblood worked for several prominent engineering firms in the county. Youngblood has also maintained an involvement with industry organizations and previously served as president of the Orange County Water Association.
“I want to thank the board of EOCWD for the trust they have placed in my abilities,” said Youngblood. “I look forward to working with the district staff to continue delivering high-quality water and sewer service. I’m also eager to lead the effort to deliver some truly challenging infrastructure projects in the near future while continuing to engage with our residents in North Tustin, Tustin and Orange, who have created a strong neighbor-focused community.”
Youngblood’s priorities include continuing the district’s record of quality water and sewer service delivered in a fiscally responsible manner. He also plans to focus on protecting the district’s groundwater resources as well as the sewer reliability project planned for Tustin neighborhoods along Browning Avenue.
EOCWD serves retail water customers in unincorporated North Tustin and the city of Orange. The district also provides wholesale water to area agencies in addition to maintaining and operating local sewers.