Santa Margarita Water District delivers over 7.8 billion gallons of clean, high-quality drinking water to nearly 200,000 residents in south Orange County every year.The District’s dedicated laboratory team continuously monitors the water from 100 sites throughout the service area and runs over 20,000 water quality tests each year going above and beyond the requirements of the California Department of Drinking Water and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Added to our own testing regime, our supplier, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, adheres to water regulators comprehensive and safe drinking water standards that require a multistep treatment process that includes filtration and disinfection. This process removes and kills viruses, including COVID-19, as well as bacteria and other pathogens.
Recently, a non-profit organization put out the "results of a study" that claimed there were harmful chemicals in the water and that could cause cancer and other horrific health problems. That non-profit was found to be largely funded by the home water treatment industry.
SMWD’s 2020 Water Quality Report shows that your drinking water meets or surpasses the most stringent drinking water standards set by state and federal agencies. You can also find additional information on the extensive testing and treatment that takes place before it gets to your tap at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California 2020 Drinking Water Quality Report.
During this time of concern and uncertainty, the last thing you need to worry about is the quality of your water. And the good news is you don’t have to. Ensuring the quality of your water is our job. And it’s Job One.