Beginning on April 4 through May 10, our wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will begin a major repair of the 60-inch pipeline that delivers a majority of water to the region. While the District does not plan on there being service interruptions during the 37-day repair project, we are asking all customers to use water extra wisely and to be prepared for voluntary reductions throughout the project.
Santa Margarita Water’s drinking water demand during this project will be roughly 720 million gallons. You may ask, "where will our water come from while the main pipeline is out of commission for 37 days”? The short answer is, Santa Margarita Water has been planning and investing in local, reliable and sustainable water supplies and infrastructure for decades for times just like this.
Santa Margarita Water has a three-month supply at the ready for emergencies, earmarked for essential indoor drinking water requirements. By 2030, the District aims to have a six-month supply in place through investing in a water portfolio approach. The District continues to work towards its strategic goal to have 30% local water supply by 2030 to reduce its dependence on imported water. This is water within 20 miles of our service area.
Another of the ways Santa Margarita Water has prepared for situations such as this is the District's investment in providing recycled water to nearly all of the communities it serves. Every gallon of water that is recycled and reused for irrigation, construction, or lakefill is a gallon of drinking water that can be used by families across the District. It is why the District has invested in its water reclamation plants and built three large reservoirs to store the treated recycled water.