Mesa Water to Study Potential Cost-Saving and Options for More Efficient Water, Sewer and Trash Services

Costa Mesa, Calif.  On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the Mesa Water District Board of Directors unanimously approved commissioning the Optimal Governance Structure study to explore opportunities for Mesa Water and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) to more economically, effectively and efficiently deliver water, sewer and trash collection services to their customers. The districts share a nearly overlapping customer base and service area, with Mesa Water serving most of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and unincorporated areas of Orange County including John Wayne Airport.

Following a competitive procurement process, the study was awarded to Irvine-based consulting firm Arcadis U.S., Inc. which will conduct a highly-focused analysis, including: 

  • Reviewing the current context of Mesa Water and CMSD including governance, services, service area, staff organization and finances;
  • Conducting a combined agency organization evaluation, including identifying potential economies of scale and efficiency opportunities that may result from combining services;
  • Providing a combined agency outsourcing evaluation, and a combined agency financial evaluation; and,
  • Presenting a report of the findings that explains the analysis approach, methods and results, and potential benefits.

Mesa Water Board President Shawn Dewane made the motion to award the study and stated, “As community leaders, we have a unique opportunity to evolve this much discussed issue from conversation to action; now is the time to show leadership and accountability. The study’s outcome will ensure ratepayers are getting the best value for these vital services.”

“There are no predetermined outcomes for the study,” President Dewane continued, “and once the analysis is complete, we look forward to publicly sharing the results and determining the appropriate next steps.”

In April, Mesa Water invited CMSD to collaborate on the study, with the goal of working with an independent third-party expert to analyze both agencies to assess if and how services can be provided more efficiently.


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.