About Eastside Water Association

Mission: To own and operate the well, pumping plant, pumping plant site and water distributing system herein referred to and hereinafter described for the purpose of furnishing water at cost to the owners within the service area.

Goal: Water quality first.

Vision: To provide safe clean affordable drinking water through efficient and effective operations with reserves sufficient to sustain capital replacement and emergency events.

Eastside Water Association, Inc., is a small association of homeowners who run and maintain our own water system.
If you’re a homeowner, you’re part owner in the water system. Our Board of Directors is elected at the Member’s Annual Meeting and sees to the needs of the water system throughout the year.

Our Water Board meets monthly. An agenda listing the meeting date, time and location is posted at the well yard at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Please feel free to participate in these meetings.

We test the drinking water quality for many constituents as required by State and Federal Regulations. Last year, as in years past, your tap water met all EPA and State drinking water health standards. For further information about your water call and ask for EWA’s Water Distribution Operator at (714) 894-8106.

Your water comes from groundwater. Midway City Mutual Water Company and The City of Westminster are our emergency interconnection providers.The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Hydrologic Cycle
Source: EPA

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the California Department of Health Services (Department) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. We treat our water according to the Department’s regulations. The Department’s Food and Drug Branch regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Contaminants that may be present in source water before we treat it include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring or the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can, also, come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.

All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immune-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791.

Rolling Power Outage Consumer Alert: Water outages or periods of low pressure can occur during a rolling power outage. If you are experiencing water outages or low water pressure, immediately discontinue any non-essential water usage. This includes all outdoor irrigation and car washing. Minimizing usage will reduce the potential for the water system to lose pressure or completely run out of water. Please notify Eastside Water Association of the outage or low pressure. Consumers are encouraged to keep emergency stores of water.

Historical Documents:
Trustees Letter  (PDF file – 255 Kb)
Indenture Letter  (PDF file – 2.7 Mb)
LA Times – Winner of Best Water OC 1989  (PDF file – 122 Kb)
OC Register – Midway City Oasis  (PDF file – 2.1 Mb)
OC Register – OCWD Water Replishment  (PDF file – 474 Kb)
First Legal Document Envelope  (PDF file – 215 Kb)
Tract #620  (PDF file – 189 Kb)
Tract #635  (PDF file – 517 Kb)
Tract #655  (PDF file – 259 Kb)