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Santa Margarita Water District to Adopt Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Tonight

The Board of Directors of the Santa Margarita Water District will meet tonight to discuss, among other things, imposing mandatory water reductions on its service area. Back in 2009, the SMWD adopted a comprehensive water conservation program. That program identified four stages of water conservation depending on the severity of the drought. Stage 1 is [...]