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Posted on: November 10, 2021

7 Things You Can Do Now to Save Water During the Drought

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Drought conditions are back in Southern California, prompting the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors to declare a moderate water shortage which calls for reductions in use of up to 20%. Discover simple ways to save water and do your part to help our community prepare to face what comes next.

  1. Stick to your water budget.
    a. Each single-family residential customer is allocated a reasonable amount of water for their monthly use, split into indoor and outdoor water budgets. In short, indoor budgets are based on four people at 55 gallons per person, per day. Outdoor budgets are based on the size of your landscape and the weather. Learn more about water budgets by clicking here.  
  2. Find and fix leaks within 48 hours.
    a. Check out our videos and DIY tools at www.SMWD.com/Leaks.
  3. Check and adjust your sprinklers and watering times to limit water waste.
    a. Create a custom watering schedule at www.SMWD.com/Watering.
  4. Turn off irrigation for 48 hours after it rains.
  5. Only water landscapes between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  6. Keep pools and spas covered to reduce water evaporation and check for leaks.
    a. Get more pool and spa water-saving tips at our Pool & Spa FAQ
  7. Replace older, inefficient toilets, clothes washers and irrigation equipment with water-efficient alternatives.
    a. Apply for rebate today


Santa Margarita Water District is better positioned to manage the drought than ever before because of previous conservation efforts and investments in water storage, infrastructure upgrades, and recycled water treatment. We can take pride that water demand in our service area has stayed at lowered levels since the last drought. It’s a clear sign that people have changed their habits and their facilities and continue to use less water today than they did five years ago. That’s the good news. But as current dry conditions continue to break records, it is critical that each of us does our part to protect the longevity of future water supplies.
 
SMWD imports 100% of its drinking water supply. While our renewed emphasis on the treatment and storage of recycled water through Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir will help ensure the reliability of local supplies should catastrophe strike, water conservation and efficient water use will help us preserve precious water supplies.
 
We do not know what the future holds, but signs are pointing to more dry conditions to come. Our actions today can make a real difference. Future generations are counting on us.
 
Learn more about SMWD’s water saving efforts and how to take action at smwd.com/SaveWater.

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