Mesa Water Achieves Local Water Reliability with Completion of Mesa Water Reliability Facility

Costa Mesa, Calif. (March 13, 2013) - Today, the Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) Board of Directors hosted a VIP Mesa Water Reliability Day ceremony, commemorating Mesa Water attaining 100 percent local water reliability, meaning the District is able to serve all of its customers’ water needs with local water supplies.  The event took place at the recently improved Mesa Water Reliability Facility (MWRF), which is responsible for increasing the District’s water production to bring Mesa Water to 100 percent local reliability.

DSC 0146“Mesa Water has achieved the long-standing vision of the District’s past and present Board of Directors by becoming 100 percent locally reliable,” said James R. Fisler, President of Mesa Water’s Board of Directors.  He continued, “Being able to serve all of its customers’ water needs with local water supplies is a significant and unique achievement for a Southern California water agency, and the largest accomplishment in Mesa Water’s history since its formation in 1960.”

Celebrating the under-budget completion of a two-year improvements project that increased the MWRF’s water treatment capacity, Mesa Water Reliability Day coincided with the National Groundwater Association’s (NGWA) National Groundwater Awareness Week.  The MWRF recently received an award from NGWA for groundwater protection.  Mesa Water Reliability Day event highlights included:

  • A demonstration of the award-winning MWRF’s state-of-the-art nanofiltration technology that treats amber-tinted water, sourced from a deep underground aquifer, and makes it clear…the amber tint in the source water is caused by a buried ancient redwood forest;
  • Tours of the MWRF’s 15,000-square-foot “high-performance landscape” that includes a redwood forest with its own fog system, as well as four water-wise, native garden habitats with coastal grassland, coastal sage scrub, coastal succulents, and a riparian woodland;
  • Acjachemem Tribe descendants Pearson Whitecloud Nunez and Jacqueline Nunez, native to the area, performing traditional music and paying tribute to the ancestral waters with a Native American blessing;
  • Recognition from notable elected officials, including a commendation from Governor Brown and other U.S., state, and local government and water representatives who serve the Southland; and,
  • Experts who explained the amber-tinted water, the area’s gardens, geology and history, the MWRF’s nanofiltration system; consumer-friendly tips were also provided on groundwater conservation and protection.

DSC 0224As Orange County’s most self-sufficient and sustainable water district with 100 percent local reliability, Mesa Water also benefits from having a 100 percent reliable “backup” supply of import water.  The benefits provided by the MWRF include:

  • Groundwater cleanup by keeping the amber water from migrating into the clear water basin;
  • Hundreds of years of a local, drought-proof water supply for Mesa Water’s service area;
  • More import water supply for other Southland municipalities and water agencies that depend on that source;
  • Lowering the District’s energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon footprint to less than half it was before; and,
  • Better control by Mesa Water of its water affordability and high quality.

DSC 0250Mesa Water is committed to educating the public on the importance of water as a precious resource in arid Southern California.  Mesa Water Reliability Day kicked off the MWRF’s official opening, and the launch of free educational tours at the MWRF to be offered by appointment.

To schedule a MWRF tour, members of the public and press may contact Mesa Water District’s Communications Department at 949.631.1201.  More information about the MWRF is at


About Mesa Water

Founded on January 1, 1960, and governed by a publicly-elected, five-member Board of Directors, Mesa Water is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18-square-mile service area that includes most of Costa Mesa, a portion of Newport Beach, and John Wayne Airport. Mesa Water provides 100 percent local reliable groundwater to its customers due to the Mesa Water Reliability Facility. Visit, follow @MesaWater on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, email, or call 949.631.1200 to learn more.