About OCWD 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.
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 local colleges, water agencies, the surrounding community and international organizations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person tours of OCWD facilities have been temporarily suspended. In an effort to continue educating the public, OCWD is hosting virtual tours of its Groundwater Replenishment System. Reservations for in-person tours after August 31 are being accepted, pending local and state health guidelines. Facility tours other than the GWRS are not being accepted at this time. Please check back in Fall 2020 for updated information.
Virtual tours are held twice per month and last approximately 1.5 hours. Tours are open to all ages but are recommended for those age 11 and older.
- Friday, June 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, June 10, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Friday, July 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
- Friday, August 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, August 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
To schedule a virtual tour, please complete and submit one of the following tour request forms.
Reservations are currently being accepted for future in-person tours. Public tours of the Groundwater Replenishment System are offered at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of every month; reservations are required. Group tours may be scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. depending on staff availability. Group tours must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance and can accommodate up to 60 people.
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.
To schedule an in-person tour, please complete and submit one of the following tour request forms.
On demand tour
If you are unable to join us for a virtual or in-person tour, you are invited to view our GWRS on-demand tour led by OCWD General Manager Mike Markus. For additional information regarding the GWRS, please visit our GWRS web page.