Tours & Events
WaterSmart Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop
Thursday, April 18
This FREE three-hour workshop will discuss the step-by-step process of transforming your yard into a water-efficient landscape. A local landscape architect will cover topics including design ideas, soil analysis, plant selection, and efficient irrigation. The workshop will be held at the Encinitas Community Center on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required.
This free workshop will be offered at San Diego Botanic Garden on June 6, July 18, and October 3, 2019.
Thursday, April 11
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at OMWD facilities including David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, and 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility.
OMWD’s April 11 tour is full. The next tour will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Registration is required.
Elfin Forest Recreation Reserve
Interested in getting in touch with our local natural environment? OMWD’s Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve hosts talks, workshops, and educational hikes to nature lovers of all ages. Visit our Reserve’s events page for more information.
Regional Water Smart Events
Organizations throughout the county offer a variety of water-smart classes, workshops, and tours. Visit our water wholesaler’s event schedule for details.
OMWD offers tours of its facilities, including Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant and the 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility several times a year. Please note that Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir are owned by the San Diego County Water Authority; please contact the Authority for tour opportunities.
Tours begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately noon. Reservations must be made by noon on the Monday prior to the scheduled tour date and all attendees must complete a tour release form. Tours may be canceled or closed depending on the level of participation. For safety reasons, tours are not held during inclement weather. Although this is a shuttled tour, there is some walking and stair climbing required, so we recommend wearing comfortable, closed-toe shoes, and loose clothing. It is also suggested that attendees bring a hat, light jacket, and camera.
Tours are scheduled for the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October. All attendees will need to submit a signed tour release form.
For more information, please call 760-632-4213.
Find great examples of beautiful landscapes that require less water by visiting the annual WaterSmart Landscape Contest website.
Children in school today are the leaders of tomorrow. OMWD realizes the important role these children will play in future decisions on growth, policies, and water resources. For more information on free education programs within OMWD’s service area, including auditorium performances and custom classroom presentations, visit our schools page.
4Speaking Engagements &
OMWD employees provide outreach services throughout the year and are able to deliver presentations, facilitate discussions, and provide general information about water issues for groups, civic organizations, and associations.
OMWD’s lobby hosts a small library of material on gardening, irrigation, water conservation, and water industry news. Drop by when you pay your bill or are in the neighborhood.