Santa Margarita Water District is committed to providing our large landscape customers the resources, tools, and incentives they need to efficiently manage water and maintain healthy aesthetic landscapes.
Budget-Based Rates & Weather
SMWD has recently established two new weather stations with the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) that will be used to measure evapotranspiration (ET). CIMIS provides monthly, daily, and hourly weather data for easy retrieval 24/7. Station Number 241 is located in San Clemente and Station Number 245 is located in Coto de Caza. View the ET Water Stations data.
The District will implement a budget-based tiered rate system for irrigation accounts, beginning January 1, 2016. This will apply to both domestic and non-domestic (recycled) irrigation accounts. Read an informational flyer (PDF) that explains how water budgets are calculated. View specific information about the rate system.
Irrigation Rebates: The SoCal WaterSmart regional rebate program is available to SMWD customers, courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP): Receive funding for customized water efficiency projects. The payment amount is up to $0.60 per 1,000 gallons saved per year over the project life, capped at a maximum of 10 years. Incentives are limited to 50% of eligible project costs.
WaterSmart Dashboard: Retrieve water use information for a specific account or a roll-up of all your accounts. This site will also provide you with the drought target for each account and charts indicating water use and savings. Register for this free program and share the login with others in your organization if you wish (e.g. property managers, board members, landscape contractors).
Free Landscape Irrigation Surveys: A certified landscape auditor will conduct a comprehensive review of the irrigation system and provide a written report.
Resources & Tools
SMWD SustainaBlue Landscapes: The District has developed this website to help customers view and select low water use plants that work in our community. Galleries of example landscapes from SMWD's service area can be viewed and clicked on for specific information about that plant.
Performance-Based Irrigation Management Contract Template: This template contract is available for HOAs to use in combination with the free Water-Smart Landscape Program (see above). HOAs and property managers can build into their landscape maintenance contracts mechanisms to ensure landscapes are managed efficiently.
HOA & Large Landscape Luncheon
December 16, 2015
We are nearly seven months into California's 9-month mandatory conservation declaration which required Santa Margarita Water District and its customers to reduce water use by 24% from 2013 levels. We invite our Large Landscape stakeholders to another Luncheon as we share success stories to data and discuss the District's new budget-based tiered rate structure that will be implemented in January as well as discuss the possibility of an extension to the State's mandatory conservation. View the presentation (PDF).
April 15, 2015
California is the in 4th year of historic drought. Water supplies are being curtailed. SMWD has tools and incentives to help your organization prepare and deal with drought - but we need your help. Thank you to the many HOA board members, property managers, facility managers, and landscape contractors that attended this important event. View the presentation (PDF).