Mesa Water To Receive $1.6 Million Grant To Help Enhance Local Groundwater Production Capacity

(From left to right) Shawn Dewane, Mesa Water Board Vice President; James R. Fisler, Mesa Water Board Director; Marice H. DePasquale, Mesa Water Board President; Fred R. Bockmiller, P.E., Mesa Water Board Director; and James Atkinson, Mesa Water Board Director, at the construction site for the new Croddy Well 14.

COSTA MESA, Calif.; May 12, 2021 — Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) is pleased to announce it will receive a $1.6 million grant to help improve water supply reliability in the region.

As part of a California Department of Water Resources (DWR) $55 million multi-year grant that was awarded to five regional water agencies in the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Mesa Water is eligible to receive funding for the construction of Croddy Well 14, one of two new wells that will increase local groundwater production capacity.

Construction for Croddy Well 14, which can produce approximately 4,000 gallons per minute, is scheduled for completion in winter 2022. The funds will be available to Mesa Water once construction is completed and terms of the grant agreement have been met.

“Mesa Water ratepayers will benefit for generations from the DWR grant, these funds go directly to expanding our groundwater supplies,” said Marice H. DePasquale, Mesa Water Board President. “Increased production from Mesa Water’s new wells help ensure local and reliable water for decades to come.”

The DWR $55 million grant was awarded to Orange County Water District (OCWD), Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Western Municipal Water District, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, and Eastern Municipal Water District. OCWD received $8 million of the DWR grant and selected Mesa Water along with four other water agencies to receive $1.6 million each to support the construction of new groundwater production wells.

The grant program includes the Santa Ana River Conservation and Conjunctive Use Program (SARCCUP), a collaborative groundwater banking program that will provide a regional watershed-scale approach toward long-term groundwater basin management and replenishment, allowing the participating agencies to collectively plan for extended dry periods. The watershed is the area drained by the Santa Ana River. All water districts will be able to use an equal portion when additional water is needed during times of drought. 

The grant’s funds are provided by Proposition 84 (The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006).

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.