Our History

On January 23, 2011, the Irvine Ranch Water District celebrated 50 Years of Value to our customers and to the community. This golden milestone was an opportunity for IRWD to reflect on its vibrant history as an industry leader, our tradition of high quality customer service, and an unwavering commitment to provide the best service at the lowest possible cost to our customers. IRWD is well known for its unique budget based rate structure, stable water rates, cutting-edge water efficiency programs and for providing a diverse, reliable and safe water supply.

  • 50th Anniversary Community Commendations
  • 50th Anniversary Photos

Preserving our History

During the last 50 years IRWD has worked in cooperation with the Irvine Historical Society, The Irvine Company and the City of Irvine, to restore and preserve some of the original structures from the old Irvine Ranch. To learn more about today’s uses of these facilities; please visit the San Joaquin Marsh Campus.

The Old Windmill:One of the first refurbishment projects was an old ranch windmill which was slated to be razed to make way for a freeway project. The windmill now sits at the entrance to the Michelson Water Recycling Plant.

Historic Ranch Homes: IRWD restored and relocated three historic farm homes from the community to the San Joaquin Marsh Campus. These homes were built on the old Irvine Ranch in the early 1900's and were scheduled for demolition. One of these historial homes was the first home in Orange County to have running water. Another historical farmhouse was moved to Rattlesnake Reservoir to serve as the reservoir caretaker home.

The Duck Club: The quaint and historic IRWD Duck Club was originally home to two duck hunting clubs in Irvine - the Ricker-McHone and Old San Joaquin Duck Clubs - which operated until 1988 under permits from the Department of Fish and Game. Since this time, duck hunting is no longer permitted and IRWD has restored and expanded this historic building which today is available for public use.