The largest of the District's signature events is Water Awareness Day, presented annually in the month of May, in honor of Water Awareness Month. Water Awareness Day is a family fun event designed to educate our community on important issues such as water supply and reliability, conservation and urban runoff prevention. Festivities include crafts and activities for children, water conservation and gardening tips, music, free refreshments and more.
For several years, the event has taken place at the Upper Oso Reservoir, which has presented an opportunity for residents to learn more about the important role that the reservoir plays in local supply reliability and the lake management plan.
This past May, the annual Water Awareness Day event was held at SMWD’s offices in Rancho Santa Margarita. This allowed customers to get a first-hand look at the day-to-day operations of the District. Customers also toured nearby District facilities, like the Plano Lift Station where wastewater is pumped to the Chiquita Water Treatment Plant, and the Upper Chiquita Reservoir, a 244-million gallon reservoir completed in October 2011 to provide drinking water to nearly 500,000 individuals and businesses in south Orange County in the event of a service disruption or emergency.
A thriving garden brightens any home - and saving water and money while improving your yard is a sure way to bring a smile to your face.
Free landscape workshops are available to SMWD customers to assist in reducing outdoor water usage. Classes are taught through a series of slides, hands-on demonstrations and displays at the District's office at 26111 Antonio Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita. Refreshments will be provided and classes are limited to 50 attendees.