New membrane technology will allow treatment facility to produce 50 percent more water

COSTA MESA, CA, Feb. 3, 2011 -- The Mesa Consolidated Water District has awarded a $16 million construction contract for the District's Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements...

• Mesa Consolidated Water District awards contract to Brutoco for Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements

COSTA MESA, CA, Feb. 3, 2011 -- The Mesa Consolidated Water District (www.MesaWater.org) Board of Directors unanimously awarded a $16,871,400 construction contract for the District's Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements to Brutoco Engineering & Construction (www.Brutoco.net) on December 7, 2010. Based in Fontana, CA, Brutoco was the lowest of five contractors that submitted bids. Construction began January 3, 2011, with completion planned for mid-2012. The project's construction manager is MWH Constructors (www.MWHglobal.com), and the design engineer is Carollo (www.Carollo.com).

According to the District's Board President, Fred R. Bockmiller, Jr., P.E., "This bid award is another key milestone for Mesa Consolidated Water District, and it marks the start of improving our Colored Water Treatment Facility with a more effective and energy-efficient system." He continued, "By installing new nanofiltration membranes at the Facility, we will be able to produce 50 percent more water, thus increasing the District's high-quality local water reliability, and reducing the need for more expensive, less available imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River."

Other benefits of the Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements include: a drought-proof local water supply for District customers; a zero sum effect on water rates and long-term rate stabilization for District customers; the creation of 20 local jobs; a decrease in Facility noise levels; and, better protection of the region's clear-water basin from colored water migration. For more information about the Colored Water Treatment Facility improvements, interested persons can call (949) 631-1201.

About the Colored Water Treatment Facility
Mesa Consolidated Water District sits above a portion of Orange County's groundwater basin that includes a supply of amber-colored water hundreds of feet below the clear-water reserves. The colored water is of very high quality and safe to drink, although it has a slight amber tint resulting from the buried ancient redwood forests that grew in the area. The District's Colored Water Treatment Facility went online in 2000 to tap into this water source, using a revolutionary ozone filtration process to remove the color from the water. To date, the Facility has produced 15 billion gallons of water. As of December, 2010, the Facility is being improved with the installation of nanofiltration membrane technology, and will return to service by mid-2012.

About Mesa Consolidated Water District
Founded on January 1, 1960, Mesa Consolidated Water District provides water service to more than 110,000 customers in an 18-square-mile area. The District serves the City of Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach, and some unincorporated sections of Orange County, including the John Wayne Airport. Dedicated to satisfying the community's water needs, Mesa Consolidated Water District can currently meet 92 percent of its demand with local water supplies. The District has a goal of getting closer to 100 percent locally reliant by 2012. For more information, visit www.MesaWater.org.

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