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  1. FrankUrySwornIntoOffice

    Frank Ury Appointed to Board of Directors

    "Frank understands the value of water and the important role that SMWD plays in water supply reliability for south Orange County." Read on...
  2. Disparch City Approves MOU

    Capistrano Dispatch: City Approves Framework for Potential Water Transfer Agreement

    The city’s plans to annex its utilities department took another step forward Read on...
  3. Charley_Wilson-02

    Director Wilson Served the District for 19 Years

    Charley has helped shape water policy throughout the State of California Read on...
  4. Desal MOU Board Meeting 6.21.19

    District Approves San Juan Watershed Project EIR & Ocean Desalination

    SMWD continues to focus on diversifying its water supply portfolio Read on...
  5. San Juan Creek-CMF-2168-resized

    San Juan Watershed Project Final EIR Available

    The Project has the capacity to provide 5.6 billion gallons of local, reliable water to South Orange County residents Read on...
  6. OC Register Trampas Story 4.26.19

    OC Register: New Trampas reservoir in south O.C. overcoming hurdles; public tours offered May 4

    Long-term savings to be gleaned by reducing the need for imported water Read on...
  7. SC Time Water Festival Trampas Tours 2019
  8. Bill Insert_Water Festival 2019_print ready front (1)

    May the 4th Be With You!

    Garden pros, family activities, tours & refreshments Read on...
  9. SCTIMES_LOGO

    The Big Dig: Trampas Canyon Reservoir to Serve as South County's Largest Water Project

    The 1.6 billion gallon recycled water reservoir will be the largest of its kind in Orange County. Read on...
  10. Charley_Wilson-01

    Director Wilson Served on OC LAFCO for Nearly Two Decades

    Santa Margarita Water District Director, Charley Wilson, today announced his resignation from the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (“OCLAFCO”). Director Wilson has served on the Commission since 2000. Read on...
  11. Dispatch photo of Dan at Utililty Commission

    SMWD Manager Updates Utilities Commission on Negotiations

    Assuming negotiations with the city go well, Santa Margarita Water District is looking to become San Juan Capistrano’s official water service provider in roughly a year from now, said General Manager Dan Ferons. Read on...
  12. landscapes tour-03

    Landscape Inspiration

    Self-guided tour on Saturday, April 13 Read on...
  13. OCRegisterLogo

    San Juan Capistrano eyes transferring its water utility to Santa Margarita Water District

    San Juan Capistrano is entering into an exclusive negotiation agreement with the Santa Margarita Water District to acquire the city’s water and sewer system. Read on...
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    Santa Margarita Water District Selected by San Juan Capistrano as Preferred Water Provider

    Water supply reliability, infrastructure investment and interagency collaboration noted as key factors that set Santa Margarita Water District apart Read on...
  15. dispatch logo

    City (San Juan) to Negotiate Water Transfer with Santa Margarita

    The city of San Juan Capistrano will begin negotiating the transfer of its water utilities with Santa Margarita Water District. Read on...
  16. last 24 hours

    Water Levels Rise by 43 Million Gallons

    In just 24 hours, the service area received 4.25" of rain Read on...
  17. 2018 Year In Review

    A year investing in infrastructure and building on the foundation of our water reliability programs. Read on...
  18. paying bills

    Having financial difficulties?

    We know that life can get complicated sometimes. We're here to help. Read on...
  19. OC Register op-ed

    Santa Margarita Water District is the best fit for San Juan Capistrano - Orange County Register

    Opinion Editorial by Carolyn Cavecche, President and CEO of the Orange County Taxpayers Association. Read on...
  20. reininwateruse

    Rain, Rain! Give your irrigation a holiday

    Turn off outdoor irrigation for at least 48 hours after rainfall Read on...
  21. World-Toilet-Day_ss_505630750

    World Toilet Day

    When nature calls...we need a toilet. Read on...
  22. Nov Dec On Tap cover

    On Tap Newsletter Now Available

    Sign up the eNewsletter by entering your email in the footer of our website Read on...
  23. ImagineADayWithoutWater

    Imagine a Day Without Water

    If you’ve never experienced it before, it’s hard to imagine a day without water. Read on...
  24. WaterProfessionalsAppreciationWeek

    Meet the Faces + Places of SMWD

    It takes a complex system and cadre of water professionals to deliver safe drinking water to your tap. Read on...
  25. AdvapncedTreatedWaterFacilityProcess

    SMWD Presenting at World's Largest Water Quality Conference WEFTEC

    Award-winning project that led to California's first recycled water recreational lake Read on...
  26. Upper Chiquita Reservoir

    Ready to Respond in an Emergency

    SMWD's preparedness efforts include multifaceted plants, projects, tasks, trainings, and planning. Read on...
  27. New Customer Portal Bill InsertFINAL_Page_1

    New Website & Customer Portal to Better Serve You

    Returning customer portal users will be prompted to update the account password at first login to ensure the security of the account. Read on...
  28. Lab (16)

    Your Drinking Water Meets or Exceeds Cleanliness Standards

    Delivering safe drinking water is at the heart of the District's mission; it's drinking water continues to meet or exceed all standards set by the state and federal governments. Read on...
  29. Transparency Certificate 2018
  30. BloodDrive7-18-18

    District to Host Blood Drive

    Schedule your appointment today by visiting redcrossblood.org use sponsor code: SMWD. Read on...
  31. LakeMissionViejo

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

    First Lake in California to Use Advanced Treated Water for Lake Refill Read on...
  32. Trampus Canyon Groundbreaking-February2018

    Santa Margarita Water District Breaks Ground on New Recycled Water Reservoir

    The 1.6 billion gallon (5,000 AF) reservoir will enhance water reliability and storage capacity in south Orange County. Read on...
  33. Orange wildflowers

    Bond Refunding to Save Talega Ratepayers $9 Million

    Santa Margarita Water District is refunding its 2007 Community Facilities District (CFD 99-1) bond for the Talega area of San Clemente. Read on...
  34. Smart Irrigation Month JPEG

    July is Smart Irrigation Month

    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. Read on...
  35. Agriculture drip line

    State Drought Update

    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. Read on...
  36. Leaking outdoor water faucet

    The Water-Wise Lifestyle Is Here to Stay

    Rain or shine, a water-wise lifestyle is the new lifestyle in Southern California. Read on...

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