Mesa Water Announces Winners of First-Ever #MesaWaterMatters Video Contest

#MesaWaterMatters Video Contest Award Winners

Orange Coast College Student Caitlyn Nojiri Awarded Top Prize

Costa Mesa, Calif. – To promote water awareness in a creative way, Mesa Water District hosted the #MesaWaterMatters video contest for high school and college students in its service area. Winners were announced at its Nov. 10 Board meeting.

The District received entries from local college students, representing Orange Coast College (OCC) and Vanguard University (Vanguard), both in Costa Mesa. Caitlyn Nojiri from OCC won the top prize of $500, while second place and $400 went to Sierra Smith of Vanguard, third place and $300 to OCC’s Shayan Shaikh, and Honorable Mention of $200 to Jack Duarte, also from OCC.

The 60-second videos, posted on, highlight Mesa Water and the importance of water in our daily lives. Topics included where our water comes from, how the District helps customers thrive, and fun facts about Mesa Water.

“As we enter a sixth year of California’s drought, we’re impressed with the understanding and participation of local students, their level of water awareness and creativity, and the quality of the videos that share important, local water messaging with the Mesa Water community,” said Mesa Water Board President Shawn Dewane.

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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.