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Public Works will re-open our front counter to the public on July 6 and start providing some modified services.  Our hours will be 8 – 5, with closure from 12 – 1:30 for sanitation. Masks are mandatory in our building, and we ask that you adhere to physical distancing protocol. We will have limited services at our front counter and will not be accepting drop in meetings.  Please contact 805-781-5252 to make an appointment with staff.  Bus passes can be purchased at the Kiosk on the corner of Osos and Palm or by phone via slorta.org. Follow us on Twitter @SLOCountyPWD for the latest updates.

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CSA 23 - Santa Margarita

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Notice of Fire Hydrant Flow Testing in Santa Margarita

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will be flow testing hydrants in Santa Margarita on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The testing will begin about 10 am and each test will take only a few minutes. The testing is being conducted to determine fire flow rates for insurance purposes. Fire flow testing ensures Santa Margarita has sufficient water supply for fire suppression beyond daily maximum consumption. Along with maintaining the fire rating, the testing monitors the health of the town’s water system, identifies weak areas in the system, removes materials that settle in the hydrant, and cleans out the lines.

Six different hydrants throughout town will be tested. You will still have water during this time, however you may temporarily experience low water pressure, air in the water line, sediment, and/or discolored (rusty) water. Your water will continue to meet all drinking water standards and be safe to use for drinking and cooking purposes. The discoloration of water will not harm an individual, although it may stain light colored clothing. We recommend that before you use your water for consumption or laundry, you run your faucets until you have clean, clear water.

Hydrants To Be Tested:

  • 22423 El Camino Real                      
  • 22815 El Camino Real                      
  • 22041 H St                 
  • 22322 El Camino Real                      
  • K St & Margarita Ave            
  • 22233 F St                 

If you have questions, please contact:

Mark Chiaramonte, Utilities Division Manager at (805) 781-1186

Faith Zenker, Water Quality Laboratory Manager at (805) 781-5111

 

Rate Increase Information

A rate increase for the water customers in Santa Margarita (CSA 23) was passed on August 13, 2019. New rates go into effect September 13, 2019 - see ordinance with new rates & fees.  

If you have any questions please contact Antonio Mora via phone 805-788-2954 or e-mail [email protected].

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Water Service Rates & Ordinances

CSA 23 (Santa Margarita) Advisory Group

When: 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00PM
Where: Santa Margarita Community Hall on the Corner of I Street and Murphy Street

Documents

Water Conservation and Drought Response

Current Water Status: Normal

End of Month Conditions: April 2020

  • Well No. 4 depth to water: 7.62 feet
  • Average Annual Rainfall at Booster Station: 24.0 inches
  • Realtime Rainfall Data: Santa Margarita Rainfall Data

Current well depths and well production levels are also posted on El Camino Real near Maria Ave.

Water Conservation Resources

Please click here for water conservation tips and other resources.

Water Supply Status

The shallow basin below Santa Margarita is the only water source for the community, and the County has developed a program to help protect the water supply and avoid the need for mandatory measures. The levels of response described below are required to protect the supply and minimize impacts to the community.

The shallow basin below Santa Margarita is the only water source for the community, and the County has developed a program to help protect the water supply and avoid the need for mandatory measures. The levels of response described below are required to protect the supply and minimize impacts to the community.

  • When the average rainfall and groundwater levels are at or near normal levels, the status is OK. Residents are entitled to all the water they can put to reasonable and beneficial use.

  • If the groundwater drops below normal levels and the supply appears to be at risk, then the water supply status isALERT. An ALERT status requests that all residents and business owners in Santa Margarita voluntarily reduce their water usage.

  • If the groundwater drops significantly below normal levels and the supply appears to be at risk, then the water supply status is CRITICAL. During a CRITICAL status, mandatory conservation measures would be implemented.

Contact Public Works via web form, email, or call us at (805) 781-5252.