Operation Conservation

SMWD Asks Customers to Reduce Water Use up to 20 Percent

In response to the statewide drought declaration by Governor Brown, the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors adopted a resolution asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water use up to 20%.  This voluntary conservation effort will help reduce demand on current statewide water supplies and extend water reserves if the drought continues for an extended period.

Water conservation is always important in California, but this year no Californian can afford to waste any water.   


Save Our Water - Caliofornians Don't Waste

Save Our Water is a statewide program aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use.  The program offers ideas and inspiration for permanently reducing water use – regardless of whether California is in a drought.

Here are some simple ways to save water:

  • Water your landscape before 8am and after 6pm when wind and evaporation are at a minimum.
  • Water no more than three times per week.
  • When irrigating lawns and landscape, restrict any runoff onto adjoining sidewalks, driveways or streets by testing your irrigation system a minimum of once a month.
  • Step on your grass to tell if it needs to be watered.  If it springs back, skip the water.
  • Save water by using mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and inhibit weed growth.
  • Quickly fix any leaks or broken sprinklers.
  • Washing down hard or paved surfaces, including sidewalks, walkways and driveways wastes water.  Instead use a broom.
  • Use a bucket or self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device to clean a vehicle.

Things to do to save water, money and the environment:

Read SMWD's Water Conservation Ordinances (PDF opens in a new window)

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