Mesa Water History: The First Water Reservoir

Early stages of Mesa Water's first water storage reservoir.

Southern California suffered through one of its worst droughts in history during the early 1990s and proved to be particularly damaging for Orange County. Relief would come soon, as Mesa Water’s first water storage reservoir opened on May 23, 1990. The ten-million-gallon reservoir was the first step in Mesa Water’s efforts to source 100-percent of the community’s water needs with a local supply.