Tours & Events

WaterSmart Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop
Tuesday, February 19

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 Tuesday, February 19, 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 April 18, June 6, July 18, and October 3, 2019.

Rain Barrel Distribution Event

Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Collecting rainwater reduces potable water use, provides plants free, fresh water, and reduces runoff that can carry pesticides to our waterways and beaches. In partnership with Carlsbad Municipal Water District, San Dieguito Water District, and Santa Fe Irrigation District, OMWD is sponsoring a rain barrel distribution event for residents to encourage water conservation. Ivy 50-gallon barrels are on sale for $55, after a $35 rebate from www.SocalWatersmart.com.

Each barrel can capture up to 50 gallons of water in just a few minutes (depending on your roof configuration and rainfall). Pre-order a rain barrel by February 26 and pick up at the Solana Center in Encinitas on March 2.

 

water treatment plant operator removing fouled membranePublic Tour
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. 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.

Facility Tours

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.

Elfin Forest
Recreational Reserve

4S Ranch Water
Reclamation Facility

David C. McCollom
Water Treatment Plant

Tour Schedule

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.

Upcoming Tours
April 11

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.

 

1Water Efficient
Landscape Workshops

OMWD sponsors several free landscape workshops each year that are listed on our events page.  For additional workshops, classes, and instructional videos, visit the WaterSmart San Diego website. 

2Landscape
Contest

Find great examples of beautiful landscapes that require less water by visiting the annual WaterSmart Landscape Contest website.

3Local
School Programs

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 &
Public Appearances

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.

5Visit Our
Office

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.