At Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) we make every effort to provide our customers with water in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. We are always preparing for the future and looking for ways to increase storage, conserve, and recycle.

We are writing to you in advance of construction that will be coming soon to your neighborhood which may result in street closures or adjustments in your daily routine and commute in and out of your subdivision. Construction on the recycled water pipeline system has begun and will continue through April, 2016.

The construction that will be taking place in the next few months is part of SMWD’s Califia Recycled Water Conversion Project which will increase the amount of recycled water used for local irrigation. This entails approximately 23,000 feet or 4½ miles of recycled water pipeline to be constructed underground in your neighborhood.

There are a few things everyone should know about this project. Below is a list of the benefits and included with this letter is a Fact Sheet and a set of Frequently Asked Questions.

Here are the benefits:

  • By using more recycled water, the District will save precious imported drinking water (potable) for household consumption and sanitary uses
  • Expand the delivery of recycled water for irrigation
  • Reduce dependence on imported water by using drinking water for household consumption, sanitary uses and recycled water for irrigation
  • Enhance local supplies and reliability by using water more than once
  • Create a more self-reliant water system, particularly important in times of unplanned service interruptions such as drought and emergencies
  • Reduce treated wastewater discharge to the ocean

To keep everyone informed, the District is implementing a comprehensive community outreach plan to share information about the project construction schedules throughout the duration. You will be hearing from us in a variety of ways over the next few months.

See below for the Califia Project description and Frequently Asked Questions.

Califia Project Description

Frequently Asked Questions

C-1746 Mitigated Negative Declaration Report

C-1746 Notice Of Intent Posted on 6-10-15

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