View a short preview of some of the recent projects and programs we've been working on, and learn more about how your local water and sewer provider has been serving your community.
Sewer Reliability: CRA
The East Orange County Water District plans to upgrade and enhance the reliability of sewer systems serving Tustin and North Tustin residents and in other areas being served. The system dates back to 1962 and some aging sewer lines are in need of repairs/replacements to ensure toilets, shower and sink drains remain operational. Select sewer lines are also going to be upsized, allowing for continued reliability with future population growth.
VanderWerff Well Construction Project
OCWD is constructing a new groundwater well and, in partnership with the Orange County Water District, a water treatment facility at 210 North McPherson Road in Orange. The new Vanderwerff Well will serve the District’s water customers and enhance available local water supply resources.
Residents can expect noise and vibration related to well drilling and other construction activities.
Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)
In response to federal disaster mandates EOCWD studied natural hazards and ways to reduce the risks and impacts from earthquake, wildfires and other events. We also formed a steering committee made up of local stakeholders, which oversaw the plan’s development and outreach.
On August 4, 2020, we held a live Virtual Public Meeting which the public was invited to ask questions and learn the steps we are taking to mitigate hazards.
Backflow Prevention Program
Your home may be equipped with a Backflow Device to prevent wastewater or other contaminants from flowing backward into the water system. Getting it checked each year to ensure it's working properly is an essential task in protecting our water supply and ensuring the health of the community.
EOCWD conducts testing and processes all certificates, with no "retesting" charges to our customers.
Browning Avenue Pt. 2
EOCWD is working on the 2nd phase of the Browning Avenue portion of the Sewer Capacity, Reliability & Augmentation Project. Due to heavy rain in January, progress was delayed. Now, construction continues on the corner of El Camino Real and Browning Ave, as well as the corner of Nisson Rd and Browning Ave with the installation of sewer pipe under the 5 Freeway. Plan ahead, leave early, and allow extra time to reach your destination.
FOG Control Program
FOG (Fat, Oils and Grease) is a term for the fats and vegetable oils generated during cooking and food preparation steps. FOG enters plumbing through kitchen sinks and floor drains, building up over time and leading to sewer blockages and even large-scale spills.
The FOG Control Program aims to prevent this buildup through an educational partnership between Sewer Management Districts and Food Service Establishments.
PFAS & Wells
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that are resistant to heat, water, oils, and stains. PFAS are widely used in a variety of industrial and consumer products.
EOCWD has taken action to ensure safe drinking water by monitoring the quality of their drinking water supplies, finding alternate supplies, and testing methods for removing PFAS from water.