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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Water Service During a Power Outage


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.

SMWD has worked hard over the last several years to ensure that our team and infrastructure remain reliable in the event of an emergency.

Critical infrastructure sites have emergency backup power to keep water and wastewater flowing throughout the service area. Portable standby generators are at the ready for smaller facilities.

Crews monitor and control facilities through the District’s state of the art Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. Alarms will sound if there is a loss of power, and crews will respond quickly.

While we do not anticipate any interruptions in services during a Public Safety Power Shutoff, it is important that you are prepared at your home and workplace should an interruption occur. If there is a loss of pressure in the drinking water system, you may be asked to boil your water prior to consuming it as a safety precaution. Learn more by visiting Rest assured that SMWD will act immediately and work quickly to restore services.

You’re encouraged to update your emergency contact information on file - and, remember that email is the quickest mode of communication during an emergency so please add a current email address. The District will also make every effort to post current information to its website at, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and NextDoor.

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