Orange County Water District

  • 2017 Groundwater Adventure Tour

    Join OCWD on October 26 for an all-day tour of its facilities and learn how it manages your water supply.
    Learn more about this year's tour.

  • 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 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.

  • OC Water Forecast

    Watch NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman give the 2017 Orange County weather forecast

OC GROUNDWATER BASIN (through end of August 2017)
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

35% full 178,869 ac-ft

Compared to same time last year: +70.0%

Illustrion of groundwater storage level

Groundwater recharge

52,219 ac-ft Water year to date

Compared to same time last year: +17.3%

Illustration of groundwater recharge

Groundwater pumping

45,350 ac-ft Water year to date

Compared to same time last year: -24.8%

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

, 232,974,346,000 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


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

Groundwater Adventure Tour

Join OCWD on a tour of its facilities to learn about your water supplies and how they are managed in an environmentally and financially sound manner. Thursday, October 26, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and register