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Posted on: September 16, 2020

WaterWorks Garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

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Santa Margarita Water District completed the ½ acre WaterWorks Garden in the spring of 2020. The garden was designed with the goal of creating a landscape both the public and wildlife can enjoy. Shortly after the completion of the WaterWorks Ga...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

2020 SMWD Blooms Photo Winners

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Thank you to all who participated in the 2020 SMWD Blooms Photo Contest this season. We are so excited that you shared your gardens with us! SMWD is truly in bloom. See the 1st Place Winners for Color Abundance, California Native, Edible Plants, and Enjoy...

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Posted on: August 4, 2020

SMWD Creates Reliable Supply Close to Home

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There are lots of Southern California water agencies that do not have access to groundwater and have to import their drinking water from distant sources. The Santa Margarita Water District, which supplies water to more than 170,000 residents in southern O...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

2020 Water Quality Report Now Available Online

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Santa Margarita Water District delivers over 7.8 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water to nearly 200,000 residents in south Orange County.The District’s dedicated laboratory team continuously monitors the water from 100 sites throughout...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

DIY Leak Check App!

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Use our DIY interactive guide to step you through how to check your home for leaks.  

Using your water meter and your home shutoff valve(s), this app will assist you in making sure your home’s pipes are watertight.  

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

On Tap eNewsletter Now Available

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Water quality, DIY leak check, and more in the June 2020 On Tap eNewsletter

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Board Approves Smaller Budget with No Rate Increase Amid COVID-19

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Customer Assistance Program Expanded and Capital Improvements Continue

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors unanimously approved a revised budget with $1.8 million in reductions, a new customer assistance progra...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

A Message from the Assistant General Manager

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First and foremost, rest assured that your drinking water is safe, and your wastewater services are reliable. It’s our job to make sure of it.We understand that many people may suffer from the economic impacts that COVID-19 is having on our comm...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Flushing Etiquette

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Customers are spending more time at home and stores are running out of toilet paper, What’s available? "Flushable" wipes, paper towels, and cleaning wipes. While you may use some of these instead of toilet paper, they’re not ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Late Fees and Water Service Disconnections Temporarily Suspended

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We understand that our customers may suffer from the economic impacts that COVID-19 is having on our community. On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Board of Directors approved temporarily suspending late fees and water service disconnections during this uncert...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Office Temporarily Closed to the Public

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SMWD Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public Most Transactions Available Online

Effective March 17, 2020, at 5:00 PM

The Santa Margarita Water District has taken precautionary measures to protect the health and well-being of our employees, customers, and t...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

A Message from the General Manager

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First and foremost, I want to assure you, our customers, that your drinking water is safe and reliable. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has no impact on the quality of your drinking water. Santa Margarita Water is also taking steps to ensure that ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

San Juan Capistrano Water Utility

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The San Juan Capistrano City Council (“City”) last night voted unanimously to approve the agreement that will transfer the City’s water, wastewater, and recycled water services to the Santa Margarita Water District ("SMW...

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Posted on: January 2, 2020

California Water Efficiency Laws

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On January 1, 2020, two long-term water-use efficiency conservation bills (Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668) became effective. These bills create indoor and outdoor water efficiency objectives for water agencies like the Santa Margarita Water Distri...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

$1.4 MILLION RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PROJECT COMPLETE

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The District has completed the construction of a Reservoir Management System ("RMS") which monitors the chlorine residual level in several District reservoirs.  The system adds chemicals from time to time as necessary to maintain the ap...

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Posted on: December 17, 2019

Tony Celebrates 30 Years and Counting!

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I began my career here at SMWD on November 27, 1989, for the Operations Department.  I worked with the Distribution Staff as a Maintenance 1 underfill.  At the time, we were responsible for moving water throughout the District and Facili...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Community Conversations

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Santa Margarita Water District is hosting a Community Conversation in your neighborhood to bring people together through meaningful dialogue around all things water.We look forward to having a conversation with you about current issues, water supply relia...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Water Service During a Power Outage

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In the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff initiated by local power providers, Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) is prepared to continue providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater services.

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Frank Ury Appointed to Board of Directors

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For Immediate Release: September 5, 2019Contact: Nicole Stanfield, nicoless@smwd.com or (949) 459-6548

 

FRANK URY APPOINTED TO SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA – The Board of Directors...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Capistrano Dispatch: City Approves Framework for Potential Water Transfer Agreement

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The Capistrano DispatchAugust 23, 2019By Shawn Raymundo

The city’s plans to annex its utilities department took another step forward Tuesday, Aug. 20, as councilmembers approved a framework that will be the basis for a potential agreement to have Santa Mar...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Director Wilson Served the District for 19 Years

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As we celebrate Director Charley Wilson’s career and service, it is clear that he is regarded as a dynamic leader not only on the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors but throughout the water industry.  During his nearly two decades ...

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

District Approves San Juan Watershed Project EIR & Ocean Desalination

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For Immediate Release: June 24, 2019Contact: Nicole Stanfield, nicoless@smwd.com or (949) 459-6548

DISTRICT APPROVES SAN JUAN WATERSHED PROJECT EIR & TWO OCEAN DESALINATION&nbs...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

San Juan Watershed Project Final EIR Available

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The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the San Juan Watershed Project is available on the project website at sanjuanwatershed.com. The lead agency, Santa Margarita Water District will consider the Final EIR for certification on Friday, June 21 at...

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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 customerca...

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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: 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 dr...

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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

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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