Celebrate Water Awareness Month Virtually! 

Water is a serious subject in California, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also have fun while we learn more about it.

For 31 years, the month of May has been known as California’s Water Awareness Month to help educate everyone on using water wisely. This year, we’ve transformed our in-person Water Festival into a series of fun activities around the community that will keep us apart but still connected. You could even win a prize, including two grand prize winners having their art displayed on one of SMWD’s large trucks!

Each week in the month of May, we will hold a contest or activity for all ages. Join us for one or all four.

Weekly Activities & Contests

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Update: this class is booked! Thanks for the support. 

Kick-off Water Awareness Month with a virtual painting class in partnership with Pinot’s Palette. We provide the canvas, paint, and paint brushes.

Located between Coto de Caza and Rancho Mission Viejo, the Gobernadora Basin captures roughly 244 million gallons of stormwater and urban runoff (e.g., overwatering, washing cars). The 35-acre facility intercepts a significant portion of the Gobernadora Creek to improve water quality, reduce downstream erosion, and to enhance local water supplies. The water is treated and used throughout the community for watering common areas, parks, golf courses, and more.

Shown in the image above: The original photo and the artist’s rendition. Create your own on May 7!

Step 1: Register by visiting https://pinotspalette.com/ranchosantamargarita/event/446313.

Step 2: Pick up your kit between May 4-7 from 1-3 p.m. at Pinot’s Palette in Rancho Santa Margarita

Step 3: Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 3 PM, and share your experience with us on social media.

Limited quantities are available. 


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Your toilet is NOT a trashcan!  Only the three “P’s” should go into your toilet: Pee, Poop and Paper (Toilet Paper).  No baby wipes – even so-called “flushable” wipes – should go in the toilet.  Give us your best drawing or painting showing us what does NOT go into the toilet. No human images. 

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During this COVID-19 crisis, we’ve learned that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.  It’s not just the caped crusaders on the silver screen, but it’s the masked heroes that are our doctors and nurses working in the medical facilities with infected patients.  It’s our public safety officers who stand watch over our community to protect us from harm.  And it’s even our wastewater workers willing to go into the sewers to keep the pipes clean and keep the backups from happening.  It’s the water quality specialists who test our drinking water to ensure it is safe and clean. 

Step #1: Pick your theme then draw, paint, or chalk art your vision 

Step #2: Create your art

Step #3: Submit a photo of your original art to Festival@smwd.com by May 15 at 7 p.m. 

One GRAND PRIZE winner will have their photo displayed on a big SMWD truck for one year! Prize baskets will be awarded to each age category.


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Water, water everywhere, but can you find the water or wastewater facility near you?  Santa Margarita Water District has water storage tanks throughout its service area. It has 30 lakes and reservoirs.  It has 21 pump stations, recycled water projects and wastewater treatment plants throughout our community.  And if all else fails, our headquarters is on Antonio Parkway right near Oso Parkway.

Step #1: Find your favorite SMWD facility/infrastructure 

Step #2: Snap a photo

Step #3: Submit one high-quality photo of your own to Festival@smwd.com by May 22 at 7 p.m. 

One GRAND PRIZE winner will have their photo displayed on a big SMWD truck for one year! Prize baskets will be awarded to each age category.




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We’re closing out Water Awareness Month with a bang! Join us for a virtual experiment in partnership with BioNerds on May 28 at 2:00 and 3:15 p.m. BioNerds will send you the basic material list.

Step 1: Register by visiting  https://www.bionerdsllc.com/index.php/smwd/

Step 2: Join us on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 PM or 3:15 PM

Step 3: Share your experiment with us on social media