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 $8.9 billion of financial support for water infrastructure, water supplies and storage, watershed improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.
Santa Margarita Water District imports nearly all its drinking water from hundreds of miles away. With this in mind, the District continues to invest in projects that will provide sustainable, cost-effective water sources for its growing communities. A few of the District’s projects include the San Juan Watershed Project, Trampas Canyon Reservoir, and the continued expansion of its recycled water capacity.
The District was established over 50 years ago and, while it has continuously invested in maintenance, the long-term needs of the more than 100 facilities and 1,500 miles of pipelines remains.
As of July 17, 2018, the Public Policy Institute of California reported that the Bond was polling at 58% support, 25% oppose, and 17% undecided. The Proposition is supported by the Association of California Water Agencies, Californians for Safe Drinking Water and a Clean and Reliable Water Supply in Support of Proposition 3, Northern California Water Association for a Water Bond, Agricultural and Dairy Community for Safe Drinking Water and Reliable Water Supply, Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl Association, California Wildlife Foundation Vesta Fund, American Pistachio Growers, and the California Fresh Fruit Association.