Scott brings an LGBTQ voice to the water industry in California
Elected in November 2014, Scott Houston serves on the Board of Directors of the West Basin Municipal Water District, a wholesale water agency that provides imported drinking water to nearly one million people in 17 cities and unincorporated areas of the west side of Los Angeles County. Director Houston currently serves as Vice President of the Board and is Chair of West Basin’s Finance Committee and member of its Water Resources Committee.
Director Houston is frequently called upon to speak about the future of Southern California’s water supply as the region encounters the effects of a drying climate and develops policies and infrastructure to ensure its future water supply and security.
In May 2018, Director Houston spoke at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., on a panel entitled “Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities: The Challenge of Erratic Water” with a focus on West Basin’s more than two decades of leadership in recycled water and its regional benefits as the District works to reduce its dependence on imported water and diversifies its supply portfolio.
In November 2017, Director Houston joined a panel of fellow water utilities managers at the American Water Summit in Austin, Texas, to speak about the digital transformation now happening in the water sector, and how utilities can best use today’s data collection to develop sound policy and management decisions that will benefit ratepayers and infrastructure management processes.
Director Houston attended World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, in August of 2017 where he served as a panelist discussing the technological advancements that further bridge the gap to successful wastewater reuse as we collectively address the global implications of water scarcity and increased worldwide water demand. In particular, Director Houston shared the story of West Basin’s more than 20 years of recycled water experience at the agency’s world-renowned Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility located in El Segundo, California.
In June 2017, Director Houston’s article entitled “Historic Drought Prompts Water Innovation in California – Can It Be a Model?” was published by New Security Beat, the blog of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, detailing lessons learned from California’s historic drought and how we may impart this knowledge to ensure future global water security.
Director Houston also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Water Coalition where he is Co-Chair of the organization’s Water Energy & Efficiency Task Force; on the County of Los Angeles Economic Development Advisory Committee appointed by Supervisor Janice Hahn; and on the steering committee of the Western States Cleantech & Water Innovation Center.
In July 2015, Director Houston traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, as a member of a delegation working to implement the California-Israel Memorandum of Understanding on Innovation signed by Governor Jerry Brown and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and remains actively involved with the Israeli water and technology communities working to strengthen relationships between California and Israel.
Director Houston’s professional background includes management experience in manufacturing and printing, as well as public relations experience for companies in the technology sector. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and studied broadcast journalism at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).