Western Municipal Water District selects longtime employee Tim Barr to lead
Riverside, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) has named Tim Barr, a long-time Western employee with significant management expertise and nearly 30 years of public sector experience, as its new deputy general manager.
“Having served the District’s customers for a combined 25 years in two periods, Tim has a deep knowledge of Western and a proven track record of leading high-profile District projects and initiatives,” stated Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “An industry leader, he brings a perfect combination of District knowledge, leadership skills, and water expertise that will benefit our customers and the Western team.”
In his role as deputy general manager, Barr is responsible for overseeing the District’s strategic planning, policies, and budgets for a service area of nearly 1 million customers covering 527 square miles in western Riverside County. In addition, he will directly oversee Western’s water resources, engineering, and operations teams.
“I am looking forward to leading the top-notch team here at Western,” said Barr. “I am passionate about water resource management, and it is a privilege to work beside the hardworking employees responsible for bringing reliable water and wastewater services to the communities we serve.”
Prior to his role as the deputy general manager, Tim Barr served as Western’s director of water resources where he successfully led the District through many water management challenges. Barr implemented a budget-based rate structure designed in compliance with the Water Conservation Act of 2009 and developed the District’s water shortage contingency plan guiding the District through the statewide drought of 2014–2015.
Additionally, last year, Barr led the development of the first long-term agreement between the City of Riverside and Western to provide the District with access to roughly 40 percent of its retail water supply at lower rates than water purchased from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Barr has also overseen the development of award-winning programs designed to increase water-use efficiency and lower the water bills of program participants.
His lengthy career includes roles as the director and deputy director of water resources, water-use efficiency manager, and communication specialist at Western as well as senior water resources planner at Rancho California Water District, a retail agency within Western’s general service area.
Barr holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside, and he is a certified Water Conservation Practitioner through the Cal-Nevada American Water Works Association. He was also named Western’s SMART Manager in 2013, an award which recognizes outstanding leadership at the District. He and his wife have lived in Temecula for 24 years where they raised two children.
Western Municipal Water District provides water supply, wastewater disposal and water resource management to the public in a safe, reliable, environmentally sensitive and financially responsible manner.