Thefts of Water Backflow Devices are on the Rise in Mesa Water's Service Area

Costa Mesa, Calif.; August 19, 2011 – The Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) Board of Directors alerts Mesa Water’s customers and community that thieves are targeting water backflow devices.  These devices are necessary for maintaining water quality, and they are expensive to replace or repair.  Mesa Water is collaborating with local police departments on this issue to protect and prevent thefts of water backflow devices, and to serve as a resource for citizens who need to repair or replace stolen backflow devices..

“Mesa Water is working with law enforcement to prevent thefts of our customers’ water infrastructure equipment, and we encourage the public to report thefts to their local police department,” said the District’s Board President, Fred R. Bockmiller, Jr., P.E.

Protect Water Backflow Devices

Mesa Water recommends that its customers take action to protect backflow devices using one or more of these suggested methods to deter theft:

  • Encase the device in a commercially available enclosure;
  • Increase lighting and trim landscaping around the device; and,
  • Use video surveillance and/or security to monitor the device.

For more information about backflow device protection and theft prevention, the public can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mesa Water’s Cross-Connection Specialist, Pieter Pijl or call him at (949) 631-1291.  There are also local companies that specialize in backflow device protection.

Report Thefts of Water Backflow Devices

If you see a theft in progress, call 911 immediately.  If you have a stolen or damaged backflow device, please call your local police department to file a report.  Mesa Water records the serial number for all backflow devices in its area.  Please call Pieter Pijl, Mesa Water’s Cross-Connection Specialist, at (949) 631-1291, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. him, to get this information for your police report.


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.