By Brian Park

Record drought conditions have forced the South Coast Water District to temporarily shut down the groundwater recovery facility in Dana Point.

The facility, which takes up groundwater from the San Juan basin, was taken offline Monday, Sept. 8, according to the agency, and will remain shut down for 45 to 60 days to allow underground reservoirs to recharge.

The district provides water and sewer services to 40,000 residents and 1,000 businesses in Dana Point and parts of Laguna Beach, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

The state allows the district to draw 424 million gallons of water annually from the basin. The district had been extracting around 400 million gallons annually from a single well, according to a release.

While the facility is offline, additional water will be purchased from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Around 75 percent of the district’s supply is purchased and imported from MWDSC, with the remaining 15 percent coming from groundwater sources.

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