Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District announced the sudden passing of Director Phil Williams, who served on EVMWD’s Board of Directors since 2001.
Williams passed away on Sunday, November 20. He was 62 years old.
Williams represented Division 4, which included the areas of Corona, western Lake Elsinore, and the unincorporated communities of Horsethief Canyon and Alberhill. He served as president eight times and vice president six times over his 21-year tenure on the board.
“We have lost an admired and respected member of the EVMWD family,” EVMWD General Manager Greg Thomas said. “His insights and contributions to the district and the community will be part of his legacy for years to come.”
Williams, a local real estate broker and licensed general contractor, was a lifelong resident of Lake Elsinore. His priorities while serving on the EVMWD board focused on ensuring fiscal responsibility, increasing education and assistance opportunities, and strategically managing local water supplies for a sustainable future. He was an advocate for water affordability, initiating with the board the District’s rate assistance program in 2015. He also worked tirelessly with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure grants and funding for water reliability and sustainability projects needed for local infrastructure improvements.
While serving on the board, Williams was a proponent for efficiency and service, taking part in key decisions to make improvements through customer service and communication strategy.
Williams served on the Engineering and Operations Committee, Legislation, Conservation & Outreach Committee, and Finance and Administration Committee. He currently served on boards of the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA JPA), Bedford-Coldwater Groundwater Sustainability Agency (BCGSA JPA), ACWA JPIA, and Local Agency Formation Commission.
“Phil Williams was a servant leader, our colleague, and most importantly, our friend,” EVMWD President Darcy Burke said. “His institutional knowledge was vast as well as his expertise; Phil knew a lot on just about every topic. He cared deeply for his family, community, and the district. While we mourn the passing of our friend and colleague, our thoughts, and prayers are with his wife, Tammy, his children, grandchildren, and all who loved him.”
District flags are being flown at half-staff in honor of Williams.
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