Mesa Water District Awards Contract to Brutoco for Colored Water Treatment Facility Improvements

Costa Mesa, Calif.; February 3, 2011 – The Mesa Water District Board of Directors unanimously awarded a $16,871,400 construction contract for the District’s Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements to Brutoco Engineering & Construction on December 7, 2010. Based in Fontana, CA, Brutoco was the lowest of five contractors that submitted bids. Construction began January 3, 2011, with completion planned for mid-2012. The project’s construction manager is MWH Constructors, and the design engineer is Carollo.

According to the District’s Board President, Fred R. Bockmiller, Jr., P.E., “Awarding this contract marks the start of improving our Colored Water Treatment Facility with a more effective and energy-efficient system.” He continued, “By installing new nanofiltration membranes at the Facility, we will be able to produce 50 percent more water and increase the District’s high-quality local water reliability, and reduce the need for more expensive, less available imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River."

Other benefits of the Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements include: a drought-proof local water supply for District customers; a zero sum effect on water rates and long-term rate stabilization for District customers; the creation of 20 local jobs; a decrease in Facility noise levels; and, better protection of the region’s clear-water basin from colored water migration. For more information about the Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements, interested persons can call (949) 631-1201.

About the Colored Water Treatment Facility

Mesa Water District sits above a portion of Orange County’s groundwater basin that includes a supply of amber-colored water hundreds of feet below the clear-water reserves. The colored water is of very high quality and safe to drink, although it has a slight amber tint resulting from the buried ancient redwood forests that grew in the area. The District’s Colored Water Treatment Facility went online in 2000 to tap into this water source, using a revolutionary ozone filtration process to remove the color from the water. To date, the Facility has produced 15 billion gallons of water. As of December, 2010, the Facility is being improved with the installation of nanofiltration membrane technology, and will return to service by mid-2012.


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.