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San Juan Capistrano's Groundwater Recovery Plant. File Photo.
San Juan Capistrano’s Groundwater Recovery Plant. File Photo.

By Allison Jarrell

The city will continue its investigation into reorganizing its utility services with a public hearing at the Utilities Commission’s meeting on Tuesday, May 17. The city has been studying its utility services and reviewing its options for the groundwater recovery plant in light of increasing costs and complexities in providing water and wastewater services.

The Utilities Commission held its first hearing on April 26 and is tasked with making recommendations to the City Council regarding what criteria should be used to evaluate future reorganization proposals. The Council voted April 5 to hold the public hearings, implement a public outreach program, enlist the help of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) in studying reorganization options, and appropriate $150,000 from the city’s water fund “to cover anticipated costs associated with the LAFCO review process and related professional services.”

Utilities Commission meetings begin at 8 a.m. and are held at City Hall, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. For more information on the city’s utilities reorganization study, visit

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