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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please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research.