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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Ready to Respond in an Emergency

One of the Santa Margarita Water District’s primary responsibilities is to deliver safe drinking water to its 165,000 residents each day of the year. With 100% of the area’s drinking water being imported from hundreds of miles away, ex...

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

District Unanimously Supports Statewide Bond for Water Infrastructure (Proposition 3)

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Last week the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors unanimously supported Proposition 3: Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative (2018). If approved by California voters in November, Proposition 3 will provide ...

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Posted on: July 8, 2018

New Website & Customer Portal to Better Serve You

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Santa Margarita Water District has launched a new website and customer portal to better serve its customers. The new customer portal provides a more secure gateway to your account, including bill payment, easy autopay setup, water usage and service call h...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Your Drinking Water Meets or Exceeds Cleanliness Stardards

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Delivering safe drinking water is at the heart of the Santa Margarita Water District’s mission; it’s drinking water continues to meet or exceed all standards set by the state and federal governments. 100% of the District’s dr...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Santa Margarita Water District Continues to be Recognized for Transparency

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – The Santa Margarita Water District is honored to receive the “District Transparency Certificate of Excellence” by the Special District Leadership Foundation of California in recognition o...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

District to Host Blood Drive

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Santa Margarita Water District Partners with American Red Cross to Host Community Blood DriveWednesday, July 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The District will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, July 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.&...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

SMWD's Lake Mission Viejo Advanced Treated Water Facility Receives Award from Green Technology

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First Lake in California to Use Advanced Treated Water for Lake Refill 

The Lake Mission Viejo Advanced Treatment Water Project received another recognition this year; this time from Green Technology, for its innovative public-private partnership ...

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Posted on: April 22, 2018

Santa Margarita Water District Breaks Ground on New Recycled Water Reservoir

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SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT BREAKS GROUND ONNEW RECYCLED WATER RESERVOIR

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIF. (February 22, 2017) – The Santa Margarita Water District (“SMWD”) hosted a groundbreaking for its new 5,000 acre foot ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Bond Refunding to Save Talega Ratepayers $9 Million

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Santa Margarita Water District is refunding its 2007 Community Facilities District (CFD 99-1) bond for the Talega area of San Clemente. The refunding will save the District and its Talega customers $9 million in debt payments over the next 13 years, resul...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

July is Smart Irrigation Month

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It's July, and that means it's Smart Irrigation Month. Not only do you save money on your water bill when you use water efficiently and wisely, but you also nurture green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits.

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

State Drought Update

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Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today ended the drought state of emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful pract...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

The Water-Wise Lifestyle Is Here to Stay

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Rain or shine, a water-wise lifestyle is the new lifestyle in Southern California. The drought emergency is lessened, but one season of rainfall alone cannot make up for several years of dry weather.  We live in a semi-arid climate and future dro...

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News Flash

Posted on: October 11, 2017

Ensuring Orange County Water with Innovative Regional Projects

By John Schatz, General Manager, Santa Margarita Water District, and Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, Orange County Business CouncilMarch 27, 2012 - With the twist of a faucet handle, a little stream from the Sacramento area completes a journey of hundreds o...

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Posted on: October 11, 2017

It's time for action on Delta proposal

By Charley Wilson, Director, Santa Margarita Water District.Director Wilson also serves as Chairman of the Southern California Water Committee.

September 22, 2012 - Southern Californians know that a big quake here would be devastating, but they should also...

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Posted on: October 11, 2017

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Secures Water Supplies for Orange County

By Charley Wilson, Director, Santa Margarita Water District.Director Wilson also serves as Chairman of the Southern California Water Committee.

May 8, 2013 - The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will not only help ensure reliable water delivery to Southern Cali...

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Posted on: October 11, 2017

CA's Water Crisis & What OC Needs To Keep Faucets Flowing

Rich Atwater, Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee, gives an insiders update on California's water crisis, including details on the water bond, how the drought will effect water distribution, and future projects aimed at increasin...

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