Community engagement is important to the District. It hosts and sponsors events throughout the year to educate and inform stakeholders about critical and emerging issues. Explore the District’s events below, and subscribe to Hydrospectives to be notified of upcoming events.
The award-winning Children’s Water Education Festival, the nation’s largest of its kind, educates children about water and the environment, and promotes STEM education in a fun, interactive and hands-on way. All presentations complement or expand upon subject matter taught in California elementary schools and adhere to Next Generation Science Standards. This two-day educational field trip is open to third, fourth and fifth grade students in Orange County. Since its inception, more than 129,000 children have experienced the Festival and all it has to offer.
The Orange County Water Summit brings together academics, business professionals, elected officials and water industry representatives to talk about water issues, projects and emerging technologies in a dynamic forum atmosphere. The Summit is hosted by the Orange County Water District and the Municipal Water District of Orange County.
The Groundwater Adventure Tour is an all-day event that takes participants to OCWD’s H2O Learning Center, Groundwater Replenishment System, Advanced Water Quality Assurance Laboratory, Anaheim Recharge Basins, and Prado Wetlands. Guests hear from expert staff and see firsthand how OCWD effectively manages the County’s groundwater basin.
The Water Advisory Committee of Orange County (WACO) was formed to facilitate the discussion of current and emerging water issues affecting Orange County. Generally held the first Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m., WACO features informative presentations from water industry professionals, economists, elected officials and others. Meetings are open to the public.
The District’s Water Webinars are monthly webinars focused on emerging and newsworthy topics. Attendees hear from an OCWD expert and District partner as they discuss important OCWD programs and projects that impact your water supply. Webinars last approximately one hour and registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis.