Mesa Water Announces Video Contest Winners

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2024


COSTA MESA, Calif.; May 30, 2024 — Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) congratulates eight local students for their winning videos promoting water awareness. Three monetary prizes were awarded to the following winners:

  • 1st Place – $1,000 – India Howerton, Graydon Sage, Aubrey Spallone and Jaydon Ferrier from Costa Mesa High School
  • 2nd Place - $750 – Alejandro Sanchez from Costa Mesa High School and Marcelina Sanchez from Early College High School
  • 3rd Place - $500 – Gregory Dodd from Vanguard University and Diego Xahuentitla from Costa Mesa High School

“It’s an inspiration to see the students’ creativity that highlights Mesa Water’s 100% local, reliable, clean and safe water. The winning students captured our attention with their unique and entertaining storytelling about Mesa Water’s abundant source of local water for the community we serve,” says Shawn Dewane, Mesa Water Board President.

Students who live in or attend high schools and colleges in the Mesa Water service area were invited to submit a fun and informative video (60 seconds or less) addressing one the following questions:

  • Why is it safe to drink Mesa Water straight from the tap? – #ByeByeBottled
  • What does it mean to you that Mesa Water is 100% local? – #PurelyLocal
  • Why do you love Mesa Water? – #ILoveMesaWater

Winners attended Mesa Water’s regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting on May 22 to accept their prizes and be recognized by the Board. Students also received certificates of congressional recognition from U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter’s office.

Mesa Water also presented Amazon gift cards for classroom supplies to the winners’ teachers who referred and encouraged the students to participate in the video contest.

About Mesa Water

Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®), a local independent special district, manages its finances and water infrastructure, and advocates water policy, while reliably providing an abundance of clean, safe water to benefit the public’s quality of life. Founded on January 1, 1960 and governed by a publicly-elected, five-member Board of Directors, Mesa Water provides 100% local groundwater 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 unincorporated Orange County including John Wayne Airport. Follow @MesaWater on Facebook, Instagram. Visit and Mesa Water Reliability Facility to learn more. For questions, email or call 949.631.1200.