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The City of Irvine appreciates the service of the following honoree:

Wall of Recognition
Willis F. Mitchell
Irvine Ranch Water District Board
As the vast ranch land was being transformed into the award-winning, master planned urban community of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine came into being. So did the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD), which was formed in 1961 under the provisions of the State of California Water code to provide irrigation and domestic water for the expanding community. Shortly thereafter, IRWD's mission was broadened by legislation to include sewage collection and treatment. During the first 35 years of operation, the District grew from 39,500 acres serving a population of 300 to nearly 78,000 acres serving a population of 150,000. Today IRWD serves a population of 322,000. Within the boundaries are the City of Irvine and portions of the cities of Tustin, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange, Lake Forest and some unincorporated areas of Orange County. This District also serves the University of California, Irvine; some of the county's major industrial complexes; and agricultural land primarily owned by The Irvine Company.