About Us

About Us

Established in 1961 as a California Water District under the provisions of the state of California Water Code (see Authorizing Statue/Enabling Act), the Irvine Ranch Water District is an independent special district serving Central Orange County, California. IRWD provides high-quality drinking water, reliable wastewater collection and treatment, ground-breaking recycled water programs, and environmentally sound urban runoff treatment to more than 380,000 residents. As an independent, not-for-profit public agency, IRWD is governed by a five-member publicly elected Board of Directors. Board members are elected at-large for four-year terms. The Board is responsible for the District's policies and decision-making. Day-to-day operations are supervised by the General Manager.

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By the Numbers


Cities including

Irvine Newport Beach Tustin Orange Lake Forest Costa Mesa

*plus unicorporated areas of Orange County

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Square Miles 20% of Orange County


181

District Daytime Population Served


500,000

Residential
Customers


380,000
  • 27

    Drinking
    Water Wells

  • 27

    Urban Runoff
    Treatment Sites

  • 36

    Drinking Water
    Reservoirs

  • 02

    Recycled Water
    Treatment Plants

  • 110,000

    Service Connections

  • 525

    Miles of Recycled Water Pipelines

  • 1760

    Miles of Drinking Water Pipelines

  • 1070

    Miles of Sewage Collection Pipelines

Latest News

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IRWD Wins Innovation Award For Energy Storage ProgramThe IRWD Energy Storage Project was recently selected as a winner at the 6th Annual Golden Hub of Innovation Awards by the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC). The Golden Hub of Innovation Awards recognizes local agencies, cities and...
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IRWD Professionals Assure Water QualityWhen it comes to delivering safe water to our customers, the bottom line is that Irvine Ranch Water District meets or exceeds all state and federal guidelines for drinking water. Ensuring that quality on a day-to-day basis is the primary responsibility...
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Posters Chosen for Annual ContestFive posters created by students who attend school in the Irvine Ranch Water District service area were selected for judging in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s “Water is Life” poster contest. IRWD judges selected the posters from among many...