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.

  • 2019 Groundwater Adventure Tour

    Join OCWD on October 24 for an all-day tour of its facilities and learn how it manages your water supply.
    Learn more about this year's tour.

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    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. View current and past meeting agendas and minutes.

  • Making the most of what we have

    OCWD takes the limited water supply found in nature and supplements it to provide water for more than 2.5 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.

  • Research & development

    OCWD's R&D department coordinates and conducts applied physical, chemical and biological research that supports and enhances the District’s core operational needs.

  • How Water Works in Orange County

  • 2019 OC Water Forecast

    Watch NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman give the 2019 Orange County Water Forecast

OC GROUNDWATER BASIN (through end of August 2019)
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

75% full *243,769 ac-ft

Compared to same time last year: +19.6%

Illustrion of groundwater storage level

Groundwater recharge

37,759 ac-ft Water year to date

Compared to same time last year: -12.7%

Illustration of groundwater recharge
* Percentage of OCWD sustainable target

Groundwater pumping

57,990 ac-ft Water year to date

Compared to same time last year: -7.0%

Illustration of groundwater pumping
 
History

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.

Philip L. Anthony Water Quality Laboratory

Philip L. Anthony Water Quality Laboratory

The Philip L. Anthony Water Quality Laboratory (Lab) is world-class lab and performs more than 400,000 analyses of approximately 20,000 water samples each year. 

GWRS

Groundwater Replenishment System – new water you can count on

, 292,927,816,800 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.

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.

View meeting agendas & minutes

Transparency

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

PFOA/PFOS

PFOA and PFOS are chemicals that are prevalent in the environment and were once commonly used in many consumer products. OCWD is  working with federal, state and local agencies to test, identify and monitor these chemicals.

Learn more about PFOA and PFOS