COSTA MESA : Water Board to Vote on Long-Range Plan

The Mesa Consolidated Water District board will vote on a long-range plan Thursday that will usher the water district into the next century.

The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. at the district office, 1965 Placentia Ave.

Some of the goals include securing and maintaining a stable and reliable long-term water supply, maintaining fair rates, protecting the interests of customers, protecting the environment and exploring the possibility of getting water from deep aquifers.

Eight residents who live in the district spoke in favor of the plan last week at a public hearing.

Neil Horgan said he thought the board did "an excellent job" in outlining the plan of the district.

"Water users can be happy that we have a local board to manage our water rather than contracting outside to get water," he said.

The district was originally created in January, 1960. In 1984, the board of directors constructed additional wells to increase its access to higher-quality, less expensive water.

The district serves 100,000 residents in the cities of Costa Mesa, part of Newport Beach, the John Wayne Airport and an unincorporated area of Orange County. Approximately 18.5 million gallons of water are used daily in the district. Officials said 75% of the daily use comes from local wells.

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