Tours & Events

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World Water Day Celebration
Saturday, March 21
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In honor of World Water Day, OMWD and other water agencies want to highlight the importance of issues such as water quality and conservation, while expressing gratitude for our customers. Join us for a day of fun, education, and customer appreciation at Grape Day Park, located at 321 North Broadway in Escondido. This FREE event will feature a landscape design workshop, a visit from the Splash Mobile Science Lab, giveaways, and more! Please note: Registration for the landscape design workshop is currently full. Please email us to be added to the wait list. 

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Plants: Inspiring Choices for our Region
Tuesday, March 24
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This free, three-hour workshop will show you how a low water use landscape can be an upgrade, not a compromise. Our landscape expert will teach you how to research plant choices that fit your design theme and an introduction to attractive and WaterSmart plant palettes. Reserve your spot.

2019 contest entry poster with water drop

Fourth-Grade Poster Contest
Deadline to Enter: April 6

Calling all fourth graders! OMWD is asking fourth-grade students living in or attending school within our service area to design a poster that illustrates how they “Love Water, Save Water”. Three winners will be selected in May in honor of Water Awareness Month. Winning entries will receive a prize, have their posters featured in OMWD outreach, and will be included in the 2021 North County Water Agencies’ calendar! Entry Form.

water treatment plant operator removing fouled membranePublic Tour
Thursday, April 16
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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.

watersmart landscape contest winner 2019

2020 WaterSmart Landscape Contest
Deadline to Enter: April 27

Do you have a beautiful, water-efficient landscape? We want to see it! Enter our WaterSmart Landscape Contest for a chance to have your yard featured in our newsletter and win $250! Learn More

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 16

Tours are held in January, April, July, and October.  All attendees will need to submit a signed tour release form.

For more information, please call 760-632-4641.

 

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.