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Rick Shintaku to Lead the Team as South Coast Water District’s General Manager

South Coast Water District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Shintaku as the District's General Manager

LAGUNA BEACH, CA. – October 25, 2018 – South Coast Water District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Shintaku as the District's General Manager. South Coast Water District serves nearly 40,000 residents and over 2 million visitors a year in Dana Point, South Laguna Beach and portions of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. 

Shintaku has served as SCWD Interim General Manager since the unexpected departure of Andrew Burnhart in February 2018. He is a registered civil engineer with over 25 years of experience with water and wastewater systems.

“The Board believes we were incredibly fortunate to have had a leader on deck with both the character and caliber to pinch hit for Andy,” stated Board President Bill Green.  “After careful consideration, the board voted unanimously to appoint Rick as Andy’s successor.”

Rick joined SCWD in 2015 as Chief Engineer. Under his leadership, SCWD developed and led planning and implementation of capital improvement programs, water resources, water development, and construction inspection activities, including the $100 million Tunnel Stabilization Revitalization Project. The project is the largest ever capital improvement program that the District has embarked upon. The District recently completed phase one of the five-year project $2.8 million under budget and two months early. He continues to lead the planning of the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, which would provide locally controlled, drought-proof, safe and reliable, high-quality drinking water for the community and, potentially, the South Orange County region. 

Before joining SCWD, Shintaku served as an Engineering Manager for the City of Anaheim where, he oversaw the water development, system planning, resources, and conservation sections. Rick also served as an engineer at the California State Water Resources Control Board and spent his early career in environmental consulting.

Mr. Shintaku holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, Environmental Option, from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering-Water Resources from the University of California at Irvine.

With the unforeseen events of the past year, Rick inspired the staff to work together in unison to continue to provide unparalleled customer service to our community and our residents. “I look forward to continuing to work with our extremely talented employees, our outstanding community, and visionary board to ensure high quality, cost-effective water, and wastewater services for all our customers,” noted Rick. 

South Coast Water District was established in 1932. The District currently serves most of Dana Point, South Laguna Beach, and parts of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. District facilities include 15 reservoirs, 147 miles of water lines, 136 miles of sewer lines, seven water pumping stations, 14 sewer pumping stations, and approximately 12,360 water meters. An elected five-member Board of Directors governs the District. Learn more at, or find us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

( Press Release )