About OCWD virtual tours & education programs

Are you interested in learning about advanced wastewater purification and seeing the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) up close?

As a leader in water reuse and groundwater management, the Orange County Water District receives hundreds of requests annually to provide tours and briefings for visitors from schools, colleges, water agencies, community organizations, the public, elected officials and international groups. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person tours have been temporarily suspended but, to continue educating the public, and helping teachers with the new virtual learning format, we’re hosting virtual tours of the GWRS. We’d love for you to join us!

Virtual tour opportunities for all

Teachers, community leaders, professionals and neighbors, there’s lots of opportunities to get a virtual, interactive, behind-the-scenes look at the GWRS.  All tours have a live Q & A session.

  • Public tours are held the first Friday of every month at 10 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) and last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Customized tours are also available and perfect for school and community groups who need flexibility on dates and times.
  • Joint tours with our partner the Orange County Sanitation District are offered bi-annually and last approximately one hour, with presentations by the General Managers of both districts.

To register for a virtual tour, please complete and submit one of the tour registration forms below or contact us to request a custom group tour.

On demand tour

If you are unable to join us for a virtual tour, you are invited to view our on-demand GWRS general tour or on-demand GWRS technical tour led by OCWD General Manager Mike Markus. For additional information regarding the GWRS, please visit our GWRS web page.