OCWD's legislative affairs program is integral to its mission and goals. Whether hosting Governor Brown, touring the Groundwater Replenishment System with assembly members and senators, presenting to senate and assembly committees on groundwater recharge in Sacramento, testifying before legislative committees, or working with elected officials in Washington, D.C., OCWD prides itself on being a sought-after source of expertise to elected officials on topics including groundwater replenishment, water reuse and environmental policy.
Legislative & community engagement
OCWD is dedicated to proactive public outreach, engagement and education. As a service organization committed to protecting the public interest, OCWD understands and meets the needs of the community it serves.
Individuals and groups are invited to tour the award-winning Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). Public tours of the GWRS are offered at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of every month; reservations are required. Tours may be scheduled for other days of the week, depending on staff availability. Visit the Book a Tour page to learn more and schedule a tour.
Through its active speakers bureau program, OCWD receives requests for representatives to go out into the community to speak to numerous organizations and schools, as well as to speak at local, national and international conferences. To schedule a speaker, please complete and submit the Book a Speaker form.
OCWD participates in numerous community and industry events throughout the year. Participation in these events provides the District an opportunity to communicate with stakeholders, convey information and answer questions. OCWD also hosts several events per year, including the Children’s Water Education Festival, OC Water Summit and the Groundwater Adventure Tour. Visit the Events page to learn more.
O.C. Water Hero program
The O.C. Water Hero program encourages children to curtail water usage by pledging to conserve 20 gallons of water per day. Through the soon to be released O.C. Water Hero smart phone application, children learn about conservation by playing games, watching videos and answering questions. As an added incentive, children have the opportunity to win prizes based on their scores. The O.C. Water Hero program is presented in partnership with the Municipal Water District of Orange County.
District board and committee meetings are open to the public. Visit the Board Agenda page to view a calendar of upcoming meetings.
The District regularly posts to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Following the District’s social media channels is the easiest way to stay informed about District news and events. Signing up for the District’s monthly newsletter, Hydrospectives, is another way to stay informed about the District. OCWD does not share your information and you can opt out at any time.