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Posted on: June 6, 2019

San Juan Watershed Project Final EIR Available

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The San Juan Watershed Project is a multi-phase project that can enhance water reliability for our community by capturing local stormwater and using it to recharge our underground aquifer. Once completed, the San Juan Watershed Project will provide our co...

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Posted on: April 27, 2019

OC Register: New Trampas reservoir in south O.C. overcoming hurdles; public tours offered May 4

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New Trampas reservoir in south O.C. overcoming hurdles; public tours offered May 4Construction costs have increased nearly 50 percent has water district aims to reduce need for imported water

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Tours of Trampas Canyon Reservoir Part of Water Festival

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Santa Margarita Water District invites South County residents to its annual Water Awareness Festival, a free, family-friendly event that this year will also offer public tours of the 177-acre construction site fo...

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Posted on: April 25, 2019

May the 4th Be With You!

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Join Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Ricky the Raindrop, and the Santa Margarita Water District on Saturday, May 4 for the annual Water Festival.

The Santa Margarita Water District will offer family fun like bounce houses, reptiles, glitter tattoos, and fire t...

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Posted on: April 11, 2019

The Big Dig: Trampas Canyon Reservoir to Serve as South County's Largest Water Project

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The Big Dig: Trampas Canyon Reservoir to Serve as South County's Largest Water Project 

SC Times: The Big Dig: Trampas Canyon Reservoir to Serve as South County's Largest Water Project By Fred Swegles

On 177 acres situated between San Clem...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Director Wilson Served on OC LAFCO for Nearly Two Decades

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April 10, 2019 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Nicole Stanfield(949) 459-6548 / nicoless@smwd.com

SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT DIRECTOR RESIGNS FROM ORANGE COUNTY LAFCO

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA (April 10, 2019) – Santa Margarita Water District Director,...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

SMWD Manager Updates Utilities Commission on Negotiations

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

Landscape Inspiration

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Have you been considering a landscape makeover but don’t know where to start?  Are you looking for landscape design inspiration that fits with your lifestyle?  Let Santa Margarita Water District be your local guide! 

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Posted on: February 20, 2019

San Juan Capistrano eyes transferring its water utility to Santa Margarita Water District

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OC Register: San Juan Capistrano eyes transferring its water utility to Santa Margarita Water District 

San Juan Capistrano is entering into an exclusive negotiation agreement with the Santa Margarita Water District to acquire the city’s water and...

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Posted on: February 24, 2019

Santa Margarita Water District Selected by San Juan Capistrano as Preferred Water Provider

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Santa Margarita Water District Selected by San Juan Capistrano as Preferred Water ProviderWater supply reliability, infrastructure investment and interagency collaboration noted as key factors that set Santa Margarita Water District apart

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Posted on: February 20, 2019

City (San Juan) to Negotiate Water Transfer with Santa Margarita

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The Capistrano Dispatch: City to Negotiate Water Transfer with Santa Margarita

The city of San Juan Capistrano will begin negotiating the transfer of its water utilities with Santa Margarita Water District.

During its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the City C...

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Posted on: February 20, 2019

Water Levels Rise by 43 Million Gallons

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The Valentine's Day storm brought 4.25" of rain in just 24 hours and water levels at the Upper Oso Recycled Water Reservoir increased by 43 million gallons water. 

Santa Margarita Water District owns two open air reservoirs that capture rain ...

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Posted on: January 16, 2019

2018 Year In Review

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Posted on: January 28, 2019

Having financial difficulties?

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We know that life can get complicated sometimes. If you’re facing financial difficulties, please contact us to discuss payment options. You may reach us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (949) 459-6420 or emailing custservic...

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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Santa Margarita Water District is the best fit for San Juan Capistrano - Orange County Register

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The Orange County Register published an opinion editorial stating that the Santa Margarita Water District is the best fit for taking over the City of San Juan Capistrano's water utility.  The District has a long-standing, positive relationship wi...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Rain, Rain! Give your irrigation a holiday

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It's raining! Remember to turn off your irrigation for at least 48 hours after significant rainfall. Want to capture some rain? Check out our rain barrel rebate program by visiting www.smwd.com/rebates - up to $35 per barrel (up to 2). Local home...

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Posted on: November 19, 2018

World Toilet Day

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When nature calls…we need a toilet. But an estimated 4.5 billion people worldwide live without a toilet or sewer system. This means human feces are not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil. On World Toilet Day,...
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Posted on: November 1, 2018

On Tap Newsletter Now Available

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Santa Margarita Water District's On Tap newsletter is now available. The bi-monthly newsletter keeps customers informed of the latest happenings, projects, programs, and money saving rebates. The newsletter may be viewed by clicking here or as an insert t...

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Posted on: October 10, 2018

Imagine a Day Without Water

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Imagine: No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.

Some communities in America alrea...

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Posted on: October 6, 2018

Meet the Faces + Places of SMWD

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Over the next several months, the Santa Margarita Water District will introduce followers on social media to its complex water system and cadre of water professionals, each bringing specialized education, training and skills to deliver safe drinking water...

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Posted on: September 30, 2018

SMWD Presenting at World's Largest Water Quality Conference WEFTEC

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Santa Margarita Water District is presenting at the 2018 WEFTEC Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. This presentation will discuss the award-winning project that led to California's first recycled water recreational lake, ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Ready to Respond in an Emergency

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One of the Santa Margarita Water District’s primary responsibilities is to deliver safe drinking water to its 165,000 residents each day of the year. With 100% of the area’s drinking water being imported from hundreds of miles away, extra precautions are ...

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

District Unanimously Supports Statewide Bond for Water Infrastructure (Proposition 3)

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Last week the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors unanimously supported Proposition 3: Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative (2018). If approved by California voters in November, Proposition 3 will provide ...

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Posted on: July 8, 2018

New Website & Customer Portal to Better Serve You

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Santa Margarita Water District has launched a new website and customer portal to better serve its customers. The new customer portal provides a more secure gateway to your account, including bill payment, easy autopay setup, water usage and service call h...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Your Drinking Water Meets or Exceeds Cleanliness Standards

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Delivering safe drinking water is at the heart of the Santa Margarita Water District’s mission; it’s drinking water continues to meet or exceed all standards set by the state and federal governments. 100% of the District’s drinking water is imported from ...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Santa Margarita Water District Continues to be Recognized for Transparency

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – The Santa Margarita Water District is honored to receive the “District Transparency Certificate of Excellence” by the Special District Leadership Foundation of California in recognition o...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

District to Host Blood Drive

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Santa Margarita Water District Partners with American Red Cross to Host Community Blood DriveWednesday, July 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The District will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, July 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.&...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

SMWD's Lake Mission Viejo Advanced Treated Water Facility Receives Award from Green Technology

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First Lake in California to Use Advanced Treated Water for Lake Refill 

The Lake Mission Viejo Advanced Treatment Water Project received another recognition this year; this time from Green Technology, for its innovative public-private partnership ...

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Posted on: April 22, 2018

Santa Margarita Water District Breaks Ground on New Recycled Water Reservoir

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SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT BREAKS GROUND ONNEW RECYCLED WATER RESERVOIR

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIF. (February 22, 2017) – The Santa Margarita Water District (“SMWD”) hosted a groundbreaking for its new 5,000 acre foot ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Bond Refunding to Save Talega Ratepayers $9 Million

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Santa Margarita Water District is refunding its 2007 Community Facilities District (CFD 99-1) bond for the Talega area of San Clemente. The refunding will save the District and its Talega customers $9 million in debt payments over the next 13 years, resul...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

July is Smart Irrigation Month

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It's July, and that means it's Smart Irrigation Month. Not only do you save money on your water bill when you use water efficiently and wisely, but you also nurture green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits.

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

State Drought Update

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Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today ended the drought state of emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful pract...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

The Water-Wise Lifestyle Is Here to Stay

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Rain or shine, a water-wise lifestyle is the new lifestyle in Southern California. The drought emergency is lessened, but one season of rainfall alone cannot make up for several years of dry weather.  We live in a semi-arid climate and future dro...

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