Drought conditions are back in Southern California, prompting the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors to declare a moderate water shortage which calls for reductions in use of up to 20%. Discover simple ways to save water and do your part to help our community prepare to face what comes next.
Santa Margarita Water District is better positioned to manage the drought than ever before because of previous conservation efforts and investments in water storage, infrastructure upgrades, and recycled water treatment. We can take pride that water demand in our service area has stayed at lowered levels since the last drought. It’s a clear sign that people have changed their habits and their facilities and continue to use less water today than they did five years ago. That’s the good news. But as current dry conditions continue to break records, it is critical that each of us does our part to protect the longevity of future water supplies. SMWD imports 100% of its drinking water supply. While our renewed emphasis on the treatment and storage of recycled water through Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir will help ensure the reliability of local supplies should catastrophe strike, water conservation and efficient water use will help us preserve precious water supplies. We do not know what the future holds, but signs are pointing to more dry conditions to come. Our actions today can make a real difference. Future generations are counting on us. Learn more about SMWD’s water saving efforts and how to take action at smwd.com/SaveWater.