June 15, 2015

Period for Public Comments on Califia Environmental Documents Nears Closing

Comments on the draft environmental documents are due by June 30 for a Santa Margarita Water District project that will bring recycled irrigation water to the Califia community and surrounding neighborhoods within Mission Viejo.

As part of the project, SMWD will expand the existing recycled water distribution system installing approximately 3½ miles of recycled water pipeline.

Construction is expected to begin in July and take about six months to complete.

When the project is finished, the District will increase the delivery of recycled water by approximately 72 million gallons per year. That’s the equivalent of filling Angel Stadium three times.  By expanding the recycled water distribution system, SMWD will increase recycled water usage, which will provide an equal reduction in dependence on imported potable water for irrigation and reduce the amount of treated wastewater discharged into the ocean.

The District will utilize a variety of funding sources to pay for the project, including a $500,000 Prop 84 State grant and District reserves. The total cost of the project is approximately $3.5 million.

SMWD determined that the construction and implementation of the project will have no significant environmental impacts. To view the environmental documentation for the project and other details, see http://www.smwd.com/operations/califia-recycled-water-project.html.

Updates for the project will also be posted at www.smwd.com.

The Santa Margarita Water District is the second-largest in Orange County, providing water and wastewater service to 154,000 residents in Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera, Coto de Caza, Talega and part of Mission Viejo. 




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