Mesa Water to Consider Adjusting Water Rates and Charges to Improve Infrastructure, Offset Increases in Water Supply Costs

Orange County’s Most Efficient Water Agency Welcomes Public Input 

COSTA MESA, Calif. – After assessing the financial impacts of rising costs to provide water, as well as the need to invest nearly $36 million in capital improvements, Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) has proposed adjustments to its water rates and charges. The public can learn more about Mesa Water’s proposed water rate/charge adjustments online at MesaWater.org/2017-Rates-Study, which offers the following information:

“Mesa Water structures its rates and charges based on the cost of providing water service to our customers,” said Mesa Water Board President Jim Atkinson. “This rate structure encourages wise water use by providing a fair, true signal of the water’s cost; it also gives our customers control over their water bills as they can reduce the amount they pay by reducing their water use,” Atkinson said.

Mesa Water plans to hold a public hearing regarding the proposed water rate/charge adjustments during its November 9 Board of Directors (Board) meeting on November 9, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., when the public is invited to comment on the proposed adjustments. Additionally, Mesa Water welcomes the public to attend and comment during any of its Board or Committee meetings.

Having reviewed several options, Mesa Water is considering an annual increase to its water rates and charges of up to 5 percent over five years, with the first water rate/charge adjustments proposed to take effect on January 1, 2018, and subsequent proposed adjustments on January 1st each year through 2022. In addition to funding an estimated $36 million in capital improvements from 2018 through 2022, the proposed adjustments would allow Mesa Water to keep pace with rising water supply costs which account for approximately one third of Mesa Water’s annual expenses.

“Controlling costs is one of Mesa Water’s highest priorities and, compared to other water agencies throughout Orange County, Mesa Water is among the most cost-efficient with the lowest expenditures per resident served,” said Mesa Water General Manager Paul E. Shoenberger, P.E. “In addition to counterbalancing increased costs charged to the District for our water pumping, the proposed rate and charge adjustments would allow Mesa Water to improve our wells, reservoirs, and pipelines district-wide over the next five years,” Shoenberger said.

Public participation is encouraged at the November 9 meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Mesa Water District Boardroom, 1965 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

 

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 the City of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach, and John Wayne Airport. Mesa Water provides 100 percent local supplies to its customers due to the expansion of the Mesa Water Reliability Facility. Follow @MesaWater on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, email or call 949.631.1200 to learn more.