Mesa Water Studying Rate Adjustments with Opportunities for Public Input

To help build a waterful future and ensure the perpetual provision of local, safe, and reliable water for our community, Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) is studying adjustments to its rates. Continued rising costs of supplying water necessitates adjusting our rates. As responsible stewards of public funds, Mesa Water controls costs by:

  • Consistently remaining one of Orange County’s most efficient water agencies, based on expenditures per capita;
  • Eliminating its unfunded pension liability, saving approximately $7.6 million (net present value);
  • Investing in the Mesa Water Reliability Facility, which allows the District to provide 100 percent locally-sourced groundwater supplies that are lower-cost than imported surface water supplies;
  • Maintaining a water-tight water system -- with less than 4.5 percent water loss from breaks or leaks -- placing Mesa Water among the most efficient and reliable water systems in North America;
  • Receiving a AAA rating, signifying financial stability and strength, from both Fitch and Standard & Poor’s;
  • Refinancing debt, and securing an additional $13 million for capital improvements, at an interest rate of 1.635 percent, saving $1.36 million (net present value), with all debt to be paid off in 10 years; and,
  • Surpassing 4 years without a lost-time accident, saving costs for the District and our customers while keeping our staff healthy and safe.

Learn more about the reasons, and realities, for the proposed rate changes. Please join us at these public meetings in our Boardroom:

  • September 14, 6:00 p.m. – Mesa Water Board meeting; and,
  • November 9, 6:00 p.m. – Mesa Water Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Changes.

Additionally, in late September, look for a mailed notice about the rates adjustments, and go to MesaWater.org to review the rates study report. For more information, call 949.631.1201, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..