Orange County Water District

OC GROUNDWATER BASIN (through end of April 2022)
OCWD is one of the few groundwater management agencies able to track the groundwater basin’s “water budget” on a monthly basis. This information allows the District to make more informed management decisions about future water supplies and pumping.

Groundwater storage level

74% *258,550 ac-ft

Compared to same time last year: -2.7%

Illustrion of groundwater storage level

Groundwater recharge

216,317 ac-ft Water year to date

Compared to same time last year: +7.8%

Illustration of groundwater recharge
* Percentage of OCWD sustainable target

Groundwater pumping

209,765 ac-ft Water year to date

Compared to same time last year: -10.7%

Illustration of groundwater pumping

Groundwater Replenishment System – new water you can count on

, 368,206,314,400 gallons produced

Early OCWD directors

Taking Pride in the Past, Preparing for the Future

Since its beginning in 1933, the Orange County Water District 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.

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Thousands of Orange County Students Participated in OCWD's 25th Annual Children's Water Education Festival

Orange County Water District (OCWD) recently celebrated 25 years of educating students about water in a week-long virtual format. The Children’s Water Education Festival, the nation’s largest event of its kind, is a free virtual field trip featuring live and on-demand programs for Orange County’s third, fourth and fifth grade students. More than 5,500 students from 80 Orange County schools tuned in from April 25 through April 29.