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 unincorporated 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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Happy to See Green? Thank Our Purple PipesLet’s be honest. We love our treelined streets, verdant medians and common areas that define the Irvine Ranch Water District. And while other communities are cutting back on their landscaping, ours continues to flourish. Since 1963, IRWD has been implementing a...
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Chilling with Recycled Water: IRWD, UCI Save 80 Million Gallons of Drinking Water a YearUC Irvine and Irvine Ranch Water District officials toss ceremonial buckets of water into the cooling towers to kick off the new project. (Shown here, right to left, are UCI Associate Chancellor for Sustainability Wendell Brase, IRWD Board President Douglas...
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How the IRWD Team Safeguards Your WaterThanks to all of the IRWD customers who joined us July 10 for our Tap Water 101 community workshop. If you missed it, check out our new 3-minute video, “Journey of a Water Sample.” You’ll tag along with real IRWD...