About OCWD tours

​As a leader in water reuse and groundwater management, Orange County Water District (OCWD) receives hundreds of requests annually to provide tours and briefings for visitors from local colleges, water agencies, the surrounding community and international organizations.

OCWD is committed to proactive public outreach and education. It will make every effort to accommodate requests for tours. Educating the public about advanced wastewater purification is important to garnering support for future GWRS-like projects that are being planned around the world.

Public tours of the Groundwater Replenishment System are offered at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of every month; reservations are required. Tours may be scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. depending on staff availability. Special arrangements may be made for other dates and times. Tour groups consisting of 40 or more people cannot be accommodated on the first and second Wednesday of each month. 

Safety protocol dictates that a dress code and age requirement be enforced. Visitors must be 11 years or older. Closed toe shoes are required and high heels are not permitted. Tour guests are required to wear hard hats and safety vests, which will be provided by OCWD. Failure to comply with protocol will prohibit one's participation in the tour.

Please read the OCWD Facilities Tour/Visit Protocol for further rules and regulations prior to submitting a tour request form. Note that the tour may include climbing stairs, walking and standing for periods of up to 45 minutes. Upon request and based on staff availability, tours may include Orange County Water District's state-of-the-art Advanced Water Quality Assurance Laboratory. Special arrangements may also be made to tour the District’s recharge operations in Anaheim and wetlands located above Prado Dam in Riverside County. In addition, bird watching tours are offered at Prado Wetlands in the spring. To schedule a tour, please complete and submit the Tour Request Form.

The Orange County Sanitation District offers an extensive tour of its wastewater treatment facility. To schedule a tour, please contact Cheryl Scott.

Although OCWD tour guests must be middle school age or older, students in grades third, fourth and fifth are encouraged to register to attend OCWD's nationally recognized Children's Water Education Festival. For more information on this important event please visit www.childrenwaterfestival.com.