The District is working with the City of San Clemente to redirect the sewage flows of Talega, roughly 700,000 gallons per day, to reduce the distance it has to travel to a treatment plant in order to lessen odors and energy costs. The wastewater will flow just 1.5 miles to the City's treatment plant, instead of nearly six miles to the District's treatment plant located over the hills in Rancho Mission Viejo. The wastewater will be treated to recycled water standards then distributed back into the community for watering common areas.
Once this project is completed, it will benefit the community, City, and the Santa Margarita Water District by reducing odors and energy, and utilizing the extra capacity available at the City's treatment plant to allow for more cost effective wastewater treatment and recycled water production.
Santa Margarita Water District continues to expand its recycled water infrastructure to save drinking water. The District will install recycled water pipelines within the streets from October to December of 2018.
Construction is estimated to take five months, starting in August and occurring mostly on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., except for approximately one week of night work. We do not anticipate any disruption in water or wastewater services to you or your neighbors.
The District is targeting a completion date prior to the winter months, when outdoor watering demands are lower, to allow the District to increase its storage of recycled water and make it available for the high demand summer months.
The District is working closely with the City of Mission Viejo and Newhart Middle School to notify residents and families of the construction and to ensure impacts are minimized.