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Posted on: November 1, 2023

The Capistrano Dispatch: ....Celebrates Restoration of Groundwater Plant's Clearwell Tank


It was this past January when the roof support of the clearwell water tank at San Juan Capistrano’s Groundwater Recovery Plant gave way, requiring local officials to take it offline.

“Why is that important?” asked Laura Freese, a member of Santa Margarita Water District’s governing board. “Well, this is the way we get our water from the aquifer, our local water, our groundwater, and so we needed to get it back up really fast.”

Santa Margarita, which operates the plant as the town’s water utility agency, spent the next six months and roughly $1.8 million conducting repairs to the reservoir tank that holds about 320,000 gallons of drinking water. 

“Within six months, this was back up and online again, which is just incredible. It’s a miracle,” Freese said in front of the restored clearwell on Friday, Oct. 27. 

Read the full news article on The Capistrano Dispatch website.  

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