Established in 1964, the Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD), serves Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza,
Las Flores, Ladera Ranch, Talega, and Rancho Mission Viejo in Orange County, California. The collection documents SMWD's
research and services. It contains analyses and reports on wastewater disposal, water reclamation, water importation, facility
regulations, and environmental impacts related to SMWD projects. It also includes correspondence, proposals, agreements,
and minutes of board of directors' meetings.
The Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD), Orange County's second largest water district, is located in southern Orange County,
California. It was formed in 1964, prior to the construction of the first residential neighborhood in the area, when the
region was dominated by the 52,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo. As of 2007, it serves the communities of Mission Viejo, Rancho
Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch, Talega, and the remaining 23,000-acres of Rancho Mission Viejo.
The SMWD is governed by a five-member board of directors that is elected by residents within the district's boundaries.
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