Mesa Water is an Award-winning Public Agency

Mesa Water District Receives Several Prestigious Awards in 2011 for Business and Industry Excellence

Costa Mesa, Calif. ; November 21, 2011 – The Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) Board of Directors announces that Mesa Water has received several prestigious awards in 2011 for outstanding work in the areas of engineering, finance, public outreach, and business operations.  Offered annually by prominent industry organizations, the awards honor top-performing government and water agencies.

In the engineering field, the prestigious trade publication, Water & Wastes Digest, selected Mesa Water’s Colored Water Treatment Facility (CWTF) Improvements Project as a “Top Project of 2011.”  As a recipient of this award, annually bestowed to ten projects nationwide, Mesa Water and its CWTF Improvements Project will be featured in the publication’s December issue.

“Mesa Water is honored that its CWTF Improvements Project was selected by Water & Wastes Digest as a Top Project of 2011,” said Fred R. Bockmiller, Jr., P.E., Mesa Water Board President.  “The CWTF Improvements Project expands capacity, reduces energy cost, and will help the District achieve its goal of being 100 percent locally reliable by 2012, making Mesa Water one of the most reliable water agencies.”

For financial reporting, Mesa Water received two awards:  1) the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded Mesa Water a Certificate of Achievement, for the 17th consecutive year, for the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (for FY10); and, 2) the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) honored Mesa Water with a Meritorious Operating Budget Award for the District’s annual operating budget (for FY10), an award that Mesa Water has twice entered and won.  The GFOA award acknowledges institutions that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.  The CSMFO award recognizes high achievement in governmental budgeting.

In the area of communications, Mesa Water won an Exceptional Public Outreach award from the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).  Mesa Water was recognized for improving its District-constituent communications and increasing the District’s visibility with the public and other key stakeholders in FY11.

With regard to good governance and economical, effective, and efficient business operations, Mesa Water was re-accredited by the Special District Leadership Foundation as a CSDA District of Distinction.  As a District of Distinction since 2007 (when this accreditation was inaugurated), Mesa Water is recognized as an agency that provides essential public services in a fiscally responsible manner.


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.