General Manager

Rick Shintaku is the General Manager of the South Coast Water District (SCWD). SCWD 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. 

Rick is a registered civil engineer with over 25 years of experience with water/wastewater systems and environmental engineering. He joined SCWD in 2015 as Chief Engineer. Under his leadership, SCWD developed and led planning and implementation of capital improvement, water resources, and water development programs and projects, including the $100 million Tunnel Stabilization Revitalization Project; the largest ever capital improvement program that SCWD has embarked upon. He continues to lead planning of the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, which if approved, would provide drought-proof, high-quality drinking water and an emergency water supply for the community 

Before joining SCWD, Rick served as an Engineering Manager for the City of Anaheim Water Division for nine years. Rick also served as an engineer at the California State Water Resources Control Board and spent his early career in environmental consulting. Rick holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering.  

Rick continuously strives to inspire SCWD staff to work together every day 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, and reliable water and wastewater services for all our customers,” noted Rick.