Mesa Water District Crews Work Quickly, Safely To Fix Leaks

Mesa Water Well Prepared to Perform Emergency Pipeline Repairs

COSTA MESA, Calif. – Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) quickly shut off pipeline leaks in parts of its service area on August 29 and 30. Due to the organization’s advance planning, Mesa Water was well organized and equipped to efficiently repair the leaks.

“This incident underscores the importance of Mesa Water always having on-call crew members ready to report for duty at a moment’s notice, as well as on-call services to support our emergency engineering and operations activities” said Mesa Water Board President Jim Atkinson. “The District’s diligent advance planning enabled us to complete the repairs in a timely manner.”

To minimize impacts to customers, final repairs will take place overnight August 30, with water shut off around midnight to two apartment complexes and a few businesses near the intersection of Placentia Avenue and Victoria Street. Mesa Water staff has notified the affected businesses and residents, and all water service is expected to be restored by early morning August 31. Additionally, approximately a dozen commercial buildings in the Airport Loop area are without water as repairs take place the evening of August 30.

“As a top-performing water agency, Mesa Water has fewer breaks than industry average due to its ongoing infrastructure maintenance, repair, and capital improvements,” said Mesa Water General Manager Paul E. Shoenberger, P.E. “The District’s water system is water-tight with less than 4.5% water loss from breaks or leaks, placing Mesa Water among the most efficient and reliable water systems in North America.”

Recently, Mesa Water instituted a Pipeline Integrity Testing program to account for infrastructure age and condition to ensure economical and timely replacement. The District also monitors its water system 24/7, using automated technology. Mesa Water’s practice is to respond to leaks within a half hour, and fix leaks within 24 hours. Additionally, after excavating streets to access water infrastructure, the District restores roads to the same or better quality than before.

Mesa Water emphasizes work safety with its robust Safety Program that has resulted in over 4 years of no lost-time incidents, which keeps the staff (and public) healthy and safe, as well as reducing the District’s costs. Mesa Water also offers its residents bottled water for cooking and drinking while water is shut off for repairs.


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.