Water district hosts study group

COSTA MESA — Mesa Consolidated Water District officials are looking for a few good water ambassadors.

Mesa Water is offering a free water issues study group starting Feb. 15 through May. The classes lead by Mesa Water experts will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the boardroom, 1965 Placentia Ave.

"So many people turn on their tap and have no idea how the water gets there," said Mesa Water Board President Fred Bockmiller.

While the class delves into serious topics such as water conservation, it also sheds light on lesser-known water facts such as how much energy it takes to transport water from its source to the tap, and the drinkability of recycled and tap water.

"People drink bottled water because they think tap water is unhealthy, and that's not correct," Bockmiller said.

He said agencies like Mesa Water have more stringent testing criteria than some privately owned water bottling companies.

At the conclusion of the study group, participants will be honorary "water ambassadors," Bockmiller said.

Water ambassadors are often used by Mesa Water as a sounding board for new ideas and polices, he said.

About 20 to 30 people are anticipated to participate in the course, which has been ongoing since 1986. Those interested can sign up at http://www.MesaWater.org.


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