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. Through its active speakers bureau program, OCWD also 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.
OCWD is committed to proactive public outreach and education. It will make every effort to accommodate requests for speakers and tours. Going out to educate 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 for other days of the week, depending on staff availability. Tour groups consisting of 40 or more people cannot be accommodated on the first and second Wednesday of each month. Please note that construction is in progress for the initial expansion of the GWRS and will conclude in Fall 2014. During this time tours are subject to postponement or may be limited.
Safety protocol dictates that a dress code and age requirement be enforced. Visitors must be high school age or older. Closed toe shoes are required and high heels are not permitted. Tour guests are required to wear hard hats and safety vests. Failure to comply with protocol will prohibit one's participation in the tour.
Although OCWD tour guests must be high 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.