Mesa Water District Further Restricts Outdoor Watering in its Service Area to Meet State-Mandated Conservation Goals

Costa Mesa, Calif.; December 16, 2015Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) has eliminated outdoor watering throughout its service area to meet the State’s 20 percent conservation mandate.

All commercial, industrial and public agency landscapes with dedicated irrigation meters, including Mesa Water’s own meters, will be shut off until February 29, 2016. Outdoor watering is permitted only for single family residential customers and landscapes irrigated with recycled water.

“Mesa Water’s customers have been doing a great job conserving, but the reduced baselines for the fall and winter months have presented a challenge in meeting the State’s goal,” said Paul E. Shoenberger, Mesa Water General Manager. “If the projected winter rains and cooler temperatures continue as expected, our customers will be able to conserve through February while keeping their landscapes healthy,” said Shoenberger.

The District’s conservation percentages during the summer months averaged 25 percent. However, during the fall and winter months, customers had little room for conservation due to the lower baseline from fall and winter of 2013, reducing the District-wide average to less than the required 20 percent.

For customers and community members wishing to learn more about their local water supplies, Mesa Water recommends signing up for its annual Water Issues Study Group that begins on January 27, 2016. To sign up for the free, three-part study group, call 949.631.1201. hosts a list of conservation tips for indoor and outdoor water use. Visit for details. Free conservation kits are available at the Mesa Water office.


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.