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Posted on: February 20, 2019

Water Levels Rise by 43 Million Gallons

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The Valentine's Day storm brought 4.25" of rain in just 24 hours and water levels at the Upper Oso Recycled Water Reservoir increased by 43 million gallons water. 

Santa Margarita Water District owns two open air reservoirs that capture rain water and stores recycled water. The District is also leading two infrastructure projects, Trampas Canyon Dam & Reservoir and San Juan Watershed Project, that will increase the region's storage capacity. 

The Trampas Canyon Dam & Reservoir is a 1.6 billion gallon recycled water reservoir that will be Orange County's largest reservoir of its type once completed in 2020. Tour the building of the dam on May 4, 2019 at the District's annual Water Festival. 

The San Juan Watershed Project is a multi-phase project that will enhance water reliability for our community by capturing local stormwater runoff as well as directing recycled water into temporary storage and using it to recharge our underground aquifer. When completed, the San Juan Watershed Project will be able to provide our community with about 5.6 billion gallons of additional local, reliable water. That’s enough water for 50,000 families each year. 


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