Orange County Water District

  • Rely on us for high-quality groundwater

    OCWD is committed to ensuring a safe and reliable supply of groundwater for today and for future generations.  Learn more about the District.

  • Making the most of what we have

    OCWD takes the limited water supply found in nature and supplements it to provide water for 2.4 million people in Orange County, California. Learn more about What We Do.

  • Protecting the public's interest

    OCWD is committed to Transparency and strives to be clear about its motivations, policy decisions and investments.

  • Drought resources for residents

    California's drought: It's serious. We're in it together. We're all part of the solution. More on California's Drought.

Current Groundwater Supplies October 2015

Groundwater storage level

20% full 101,884 ac-ft

Compared to last year: +0.2%

Illustrion of groundwater storage level

Groundwater recharge

87,194 ac-ft Year to date

Compared to last year: +19.5%

Illustration of groundwater recharge

Groundwater pumping

98,413 ac-ft Year to date

Compared to last year: -16.2%

Illustration of groundwater pumping

Taking Pride in the Past, Preparing for the Future

Since its beginning in 1933, OCWD has grown far more extensively and rapidly than its founders could possibly have anticipated. Throughout the decades, the District has developed and introduced new technologies to manage water supplies, and is now a world leader in groundwater recharge.

Advanced Water Quality Assurance Laboratory

Advanced Water Quality Assurance Laboratory

OCWD’s Advanced Water Quality Assurance Laboratory (Lab) is a world-class lab that performs more than 400,000 analyses of approximately 20,000 water samples each year. 


Groundwater Replenishment System – new water you can count on

, 172,737,753,600 gallons produced

Ocean desalination

As part of OCWD's commitment to providing a reliable and sustainable water supply to Orange County, OCWD is exploring ocean desalination as a way to increase local water supplies.

More on ocean desalination

Meeting agendas & minutes

A 10-member Board of Directors governs the District. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in OCWD's boardroom.

Meeting agendas & minutes


OCWD is committed to sound financial management. That means keeping costs down and minimizing groundwater rate increases. Transparency and accountability are imperative to achieving these goals.

More on transparency at the OCWD

Children's Water Education Festival

The Festival teaches Orange County students about water, the environment and STEM through hands-on learning activities taught to California science standards. Learn how you can participate.
Children's Water Education Festival website