Press Releases

2020  
January 10, 2020 LONG TIME DISTRICT ENGINEER DIES AT 65
Robin Hamers, CMSD District Engineer for the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) for 37 years, passed away suddenly Thursday morning. Read More...
March 13, 2020 INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) AND YOUR SOLID WASTE & WASTEWATER COLLECTION SERVICES
As always, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of all of our customers. CMSD does not expect the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health outbreak to disrupt service to our customers. Read More...
March 20, 2020 UPDATE FROM CMSD ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) & THE DISTRICT'S COMMITMENT TO ENSURING PUBLIC HEALTH
A March 17 article in the Orange County Register reported that the novel Coronavirus might be carried in raw sewage and includes a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that "...the virus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in the feces of some patients diagnosed with COVID-19, but it is not yet known whether the virus in the stool is infectious." Unfortunately, the Register story failed to include that in the CDC Guidance for Water and Wastewater Systems, the agency believes the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from feces of an infected person is low. Read More...
August 27, 2020 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY OUTREACH & FINANCIAL REPORTING
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District’s biannual Citizens Environmental Protection Academy (CEPA) has received a Silver Medal Award for Community Engagement & Outreach Program of the Year from the Santa Ana River Basin Section of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). Read More...
September 2, 2020 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT REMINDS RESIDENTS TO "ONLY FLUSH THE 3 Ps"
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District announced the release of a video today reminding residents to “Only Flush the 3 Ps” -- Pee, Poop and (toilet) Paper. Read More...
September 9, 2020 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) today recognized the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) for its commitment to data-driven government management and reporting with a Certificate of Achievement in Performance Management. Read More...
Septebmer 17, 2020 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY FOR 9TH STRAIGHT YEAR
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada awarded the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Read More...
2019  
January 29, 2019 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is inviting applications for five seats on its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Read More...
February 25, 2019 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT AND SECOND CHANCE ORANGE COUNTY TEAM UPTO MAXIMIZE RESOURCES AND FOSTER COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
Second Chance Orange County, which serves a critical role in addressing the County’s homelessness crisis, will begin leasing office space at the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) headquarters facility, CMSD Board President James Ferryman announced today. Read More...
March 12, 2019 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT TO CONTRIBUTE $50,000 TOWARD CITY'S INTERIM BRIDGE HOMELESS SHELTER
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) Board of Directors voted unanimously this morning to allocate $50,000 to support the City of Costa Mesa's interim bridge homeless shelter at Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene. Read More...
April 16, 2019 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is being honored by a state association for the creation of its Citizens Environmental Protection Academy (CEPA). Read More...
May 23, 2019 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT REWARDS LOCAL SCHOOLS - STUDENTS COLLECT NEARLY 13,000 POUNDS OF ALKALINE BATTERIES
During the 2018-2019 school year, the partnership between the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) and local schools resulted in an all-time high for the Alkaline Battery Recycling Program. Read More...
July 25, 2019 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT AWARDED $50,000 FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM
CalRecycle, the agency that oversees recycling and waste management programs statewide, announced it will be awarding a $50,000 grant to the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) for its Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program. Read More...
October 9, 2019 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT'S STRONG FINANCIAL REPORTING PRACTICES RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR 8TH STRAIGHT YEAR
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada recently awarded the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its June 30, 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Read More...
2018  
December 21, 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINT JIM FERRYMAN AS BOARD PRESIDENT
In its last meeting of the calendar year on Thursday, December 20, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) Board of Directors nominated and appointed Jim Ferryman to serve as President for the next two years. Read More...
October 12, 2018 UPDATE REGARDING ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO VENDOR BILLING
As has been reported recently in several media sources, Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is in the process of conducting a forensic financial audit and an investigation into potential overbilling by the District's contracted engineering firm. Read More...
July 23, 2018 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT AND MESA WATER DISTRICT REACH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) and Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) have reached a settlement and release agreement. Read More...
June 19, 2018 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT STRONG PRACTICES IN FINANCIAL REPORTING RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) presented another prestigious honor to CMSD for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR). Read More...
June 11, 2018 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR THE 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada recently awarded the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its June 30, 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Read more...
March 26, 2018 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT HOSTS FREE WORKSHOP AND TOURS OF LOCAL RECYCLING FACILITIES
In order to engage the community in its recycling efforts, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is inviting residents to attend a free educational workshop and a set of tours of local recycling facilities called the Citizens Environmental Protection Academy. Read more...
January 9, 2018 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is inviting residents to participate in a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) that will have the opportunity to provide recommendations to the District's Board of Directors on key issues, policies, and programs. Read more...
January 9, 2018 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT HAD ZERO SEWER OVERFLOWS IN 2017!
In 2017, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) experienced  zero  sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs)! Since 1999, when CMSD began tracking SSOs, the organization has never experienced zero SSOs in a calendar year. Read more...
2017  
July 24, 2017 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT DISPLAYS HISTORICAL ARTWORK AT PUMP STATIONS
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) recently completed a project to beautify eight of its pump station electrical enclosures with artwork representing the history of the City of Costa Mesa. Read more...
June 29, 2017

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT IS DEBT FREE BY PAYING OFF UNFUNDED PENSION LIABILITY
On June 22, 2017, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors unanimously approved paying off its unfunded pension liability to CalPERS, the agency that manages the nation’s largest public pension fund. CMSD is one of the few public agencies in California that is debt free for pension and infrastructure replacement. Read more...

April 19, 2017

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR THE 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal year ended on June 30, 2016. Read more...

March 27, 2017

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS WHILE SANITARY DISTRICT REPLACES 43-YEAR OLD SEWER MAIN
On April 3, 2017 the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) will begin replacing a forty-three year old sewer pipe in one of the busiest streets in the City – Victoria Street.Read more...

March 7, 2017

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT RECEIVES 3 AWARDS FROM THE SANTA ANA RIVER BASIN SECTION OF THE CALIFORNIA WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) received three awards at the Annual Banquet and Board Installation for the Santa Ana River Basin Section (SARBS) of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). Read more...

2016  
December 2, 2016

INCUMBENTS PERRY AND FERRYMAN SWORN IN FOR COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
During a Special Meeting held on December 2, 2016, incumbents Jim Ferryman and Art Perry took part in a swearing in ceremony to resume office on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) Board of Directors. Read More...

November 28, 2016

RECYCLE HOLIDAY FATS, OILS & GREASE AT OCC RECYCLING CENTER
An important part of the holiday season is cooking and baking. An unavoidable byproduct of all that time spent in the kitchen is used cooking fats, oils and grease, collectively known as F.O.G. (FOG). Read More...

November 14, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT FOCUSED ON RESPONSIBLE, DEBT-FREE SERVICE
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board (CMSD) continues to be dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to its customers in the most efficient manner possible, CMSD leadership reiterated in the wake of Tuesday's election. Read More...

October 24, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT SEEKS FPPC INVESTIGATION OF MESA WATER BOARD'S USE OF PUBLIC MONEY FOR ELECTION PURPOSES
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board President is seeking an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of the latest efforts by Mesa Water District to unfairly bias voters regarding Advisory Measure TT on the November 8 ballot. Read More...

October 19, 2016

CALTRANS AGREES TO SETTLE WITH SANITARY DISTRICT
Yesterday, officials from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) learned that Caltrans accepted CMSD's settlement demand of $41,293.50 for damaging a sewer pipe at 2285 Newport Boulevard. Read More...

October 5, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
During the month of October the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) wastewater crew traded in their green shirts for pink shirts to help raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer. Read More...

September 14, 2016

EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS WHILE SANITARY DISTRICT REPLACES 60 YEAR OLD PIPE
On September 26, 2016, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District will begin replacing a sixty year old sewer pipe in one of the busiest intersections in the City - Wilson & Harbor Boulevard. Read More...

August 30, 2016

FORMER COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER PASSES AWAY
The longtime former President of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD), James Wahner, passed away peacefully at home on August 7th, the day after his 83rd birthday. Read More...

July 1, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT EXEMPLIFIES COMMITMENT TO PROPER WASTE DISPOSAL - WINS SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA'S 2016 EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District has been named the winner of the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Silver Excellence Award in the Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems category. Read More...

July 1, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT REACCREDITED AS A DISTRICT OF DISTINCTION BY SPECIAL DISTRICT LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) has been reaccredited as a District of Distinction by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). Read More...

April 11, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT AWARDED PROGRAM EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE
On April 11, 2016, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) awarded the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) the Award for Program Excellence in Governance for its introduction of a Virtual Sewer Map Interface on its website. Read More...

March 31, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR THE 4TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for fiscal years ended in 2014. Read More...

March 9, 2016

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT AWARDED BEST WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM IN THE REGION
On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Santa Ana River Basin Section (SARBS) of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) named the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) as the recipient of the 2015 Collection System of the Year award. Read More...

2015  
November 23, 2015

RECYCLE HOLIDAY COOKING FATS, OILS & GREASE AT OCC RECYCLING
An important part of the holiday season is cooking and baking. Read More...

June 16, 2015

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT'S ORGANICS RECYCLING PROGRAM BEGINS
On June 22, 2015, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) will begin implementaion of the Organics Recycling Program. Read More...

March 19, 2015

STEVE CANO RECEIVES “SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR” AWARD FROM SANTA ANA RIVER BASINS SECTION OF THE CALIFORNIA WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is proud to announce that Steve Cano, Sewer Maintenance Supervisor, was awarded “Supervisor of the Year” for 2014 by his peers at the Santa Ana River Basins Section (SARBS) of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). Read more...

2014  
December 19, 2014

CMSD APPOINTS MIKE SCHEAFER AS BOARD PRESIDENT
District Board of Directors nominated and appointed Mike Scheafer to serve as President for the next two years. Read more...

November 24, 2014

FRYING YOUR TURKEY FOR THE HOLIDAY? DON'T FORGET TO RECYCLE THE GREASE
Deep fried turkey is very popular during the holiday season, but how do you dispose of the grease? Read more...

May 27, 2014

COSTA MESA COMMUNITY EFFORT DIVERTS OVER 20,000 LBS. OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Orange Coast College (OCC), and OC Waste & Recycling hosted the community's second Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection event .Read More...

May 22, 2014

SANITARY DISTRICT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT TEAM UP TO DISTRIBUTE SHARP CONTAINERS
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District and the City of Costa Mesa Fire Department are working together to distribute safe disposable containers to the public for needles and other medical sharp devices.Read more...

January 14, 2014

JANUARY 23, 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MOVED TO NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY CENTER
On Thursday, January 23rd at 5:30 pm, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at the City of Costa Mesa’s Neighborhood Community Center, located at 1845 Park Avenue, to provide a larger venue to accommodate the public who wish to attend the meeting. Read more...

2013  
October 14, 2013

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONSIDERING NEW PROGRAM TO MEET CALIFORNIA’S 75 PERCENT INITIATIVE
Due to California’s ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by the year 2020, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors is considering implementing an organic recycling program that will allow residents to recycle green and food waste. Read more...

September 23, 2013 COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT RECEIVES THREE AWARDS FROM THE CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION
The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is a not-for-profit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy, and other services for all types of independent special districts.  Read more...
September 3, 2013 NEWPORT DUNES CLOSURE CAUSED BY SEWER OVERFLOW
At approximately 9:00 am on August 31, 2013, Costa Mesa Sanitary District was notified of a sewer pump station failure at Irvine Boulevard and Mesa Drive, which resulted in 77,000 gallons of raw sewage entering the Back Bay. Read more...
June 28, 2013 CMSD BOARD APPROVES TWO YEAR BUDGET THAT LOWERS SOLID AND LIQUID WASTE RATES
The Board of Directors approved a ten percent reduction from the 2011 adopted solid waste rate of $19.95 to $18.00 a month. In addition, the Board approved lowering the liquid waste rate to most District customers.  Read More...
June 17, 2013 CMSD RECOGNIZED FOR EXCEPTIONAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District is receiving the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization based in Sacramento that was formed to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts. Read More...
May 1, 2013 CMSD Recognizes Local School for Placing Second at Trash Artist Challenge Expo 
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, the MUZEO, Southern California's newest museum hosted its 3rd Annual TrashARTist Challenge Expo. Read More...
April 30, 2013 Sanitary District’s Volt Drives 4,547 Miles on One Tank of Gas
The Volt has saved the organization nearly $1,000 on gasoline cost and will save close to $8,000 on gasoline over the vehicle’s life span of eight to ten years. Read More...
April 22, 2013 CMSD Wins State Award for Best Wastewater Collection System
CMSD was named recipient of the California Water Environmental Association (CWEA) 2012 Collection System of the Year award, one of the highest honors bestowed by CWEARead More...
February 25, 2013 CMSD Awarded Best Wastewater Collection System in the Region
SARBS recognized CMSD for its innovative use of various trenchless technologies for sewer pipe replacements, which saved the District nearly $2 million in construction costs. Read More...
February 22, 2013 CMSD Board Nominates Arlene Schafer to Fill Vacant Director Seat
The Board of Directors unanimously nominated Arlene Schafer to the appointed position of Director. Read More...
February 19, 2013 CMSD Board Selects Six Candidates to be Interviewed for Vacant Director Seat
The interviews are scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Read More....
February 4, 2013 Board of Directors Accepting Applications to fill Fitzpatrick's Unexpired Term
The District is now accepting applications from residents living within the District’s service area.Read More..
2012  
December 24, 2012 Sanitary District residents can Recycle Christmas Trees and Cooking Oil
Costa Mesa Sanitary District residents can have their Christmas trees recycled free of charge between Wednesday and Jan. 18. Read More..
December 21, 2012 Costa Mesa Sanitary District Appoints Ferryman as President
In its last meeting of the calendar year, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors appointed new leaders Thursday night. Read More...
November 17, 2012 Over 36,000 pounds of Household Hazardous Waste Collected
Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Orange Coast College, and OC Waste & Recycling hosted the community’s first Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. Read More...
September 26, 2012 CMSD receives 3 distinct awards for excellence and accountability in serving the community Read More...
July 26, 2012 Board Refunds Unfunded Liability
Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors directed staff to set up a CalPERS Trust Fund with an aggressive pre-funding policy option. Read More...
July 2, 2012 Sanitary District Takes Steps to Protect Back Bay
Costa Mesa Sanitary District has taken progressive steps to preventing potential sewer spills from entering the Newport Back Bay. Read More...
May 24, 2012 Board Tentatively Approves Reducing Trash Rate
Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors directed staff to set the trash rate for fiscal year 2012-13 at $19.00 a month. Read More...
May 21, 2012 Survey Results: Most Residents want Their Sanitary District to Remain Independent
District receives 88.9% approval rating from its residents. Read More...
February 23, 2012 Agency Approve Collecting Kitchen Grease All Year
Costa Mesa Sanitary District and Orange Coast College Recycling Center have agreed to recycle residential kitchen grease on a permanent basis. Read More...
February 17, 2012 New Electric Vehicle Improves District Visibility
District purchases new electric vehicle for its code enforcement activities. Read More...
February 16, 2012 Resident Now Have the Option to Say No to Junk Mail
Residents may now opt out of unwanted catalogs, phone books, coupons, circulars, credit card offers, donation solicitation and more. Read More...
January 16, 2012 100 Gallons of Turkey Grease Collected After Holiday Weekend
Officials from the Costa Mesa Sanitary District and Orange Coast College are very pleased with the results of their new and innovative recycling program. Read More...
2011  
July 20, 2011 Lockable Trash Containers Deter Scavenging
In an effort to deter scavenging of recyclable materials, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors approved a new program. Read More...
July 01, 2011 Sanitary District Adopts 13 Million Budget
District expenditures will increase by nearly 30% from the year before due to several capital improvement projects for ensuring the District’s sewer infrastructure continues being a safe and reliable resource. Read More...
June 29, 2011 CMSD Receives National Award
Costa Mesa Sanitary District received a national award for its leadership and commitment to sustainability efforts while at the same time educating and raising awareness to youth on how recycling telephone books can protect the environment. Read More...
June 21, 2011 New District Yard Receives Highest Award
The District Yard, located at 174 West Wilson Street, is the first newly constructed building in the City of Costa Mesa to be Platinum LEED certified. Read More...
2010  
July 15, 2010 Board Approves New Office Hours
District offices will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Read More...
July 1, 2010 Board Approves Budget No Rate Increase
Fifth consecutive year the District has not raised trash rates while the last increase for sewer rates was in 2009. The District still has one of the lowest sewer rates in the County. Read More...