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Posted on: April 7, 2017

SMWD Water Conservation Update

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Rain or shine, the water-wise lifestyle is the new “normal” in Rancho Santa Margarita. The drought emergency is lessened, but one season of rainfall alone cannot make up for several years of dry weather.  We live in a semi-arid climate, and future droughts are likely.

In 2015, Santa Margarita Water District asked customers to pitch in to do their part to conserve water; the response was impressive! Each month, customers achieved the State mandated 24 percent reduction, and customers are continuing their conservation habits. SMWD still averages an approximate 20 percent savings each month.

The six-year historic drought reminded us just how precious water is, and we have learned how simple it can be to use it wisely. The District offers resources and programs to help customers continue with a water-wise lifestyle, including free landscape design services, rebates, and online tools for do-it-yourselfers. Visit smwd.com/sustainablue to learn more.

It’s also important to remember that Santa Margarita Water District imports 100% of its drinking water from many miles away – from the Colorado River or northern California. With this in mind, it’s important that the water is reused as many times as possible.  Since 2015, the District has invested over $5 million to increase the number of communities with access to recycled water for irrigation. This and other uses of recycled water will help SMWD reach a strategic goal set by the Board of Directors and local stakeholders to recycle 100% of the District’s wastewater by 2019.  

Currently, approximately 24 percent is recycled.  But, the District isn’t stopping there.  The most recent innovative initiative led by the SMWD is the San Juan Watershed Project. It proposes to capture stormwater and urban runoff in the San Juan Creek and ultimately provide enough drinking water for 50,000 families a year at its completion. Learn more about the local and reliable water supply at sanjuanwatershed.com.

Santa Margarita Water District website
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