Annual Water Festival


The District is taking precautionary measures to protect the health and well-being of employees, customers, and the communities that we serve during this uncertain time. We are closely following the recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our local health department.

Free day of fun and learning for the entire family!

Each year, Santa Margarita Water District hosts its Water Awareness Festival, a family-friendly event where adults and children are able to learn more about water use efficiency and local supply reliability. Residents are invited to enjoy a day of fun and learning with a hands-on tide pool exhibit, water efficient irrigation and native plant displays, water presentations, games and crafts, and music and face painting. Tour the construction of OC’s largest recycled water reservoir, Trampas Dam & Reservoir. The event is held in the spring to celebrate the state of California’s recognition of May as “Water Awareness Month.”

Be inspired as you walk through our new demonstration garden called WaterWorks

Tour the construction of OC’s largest recycled water reservoir

Rebate & leak detection programs

Walkthrough a 5.5 foot pipeline

Climb aboard equipment

Ride a historic fire truck

Reptiles & tide pools

Refreshments...and more!

Special guest: 10 feet tall butterflies & Ricki the Raindrop

Tour the construction of OC’s largest recycled water reservoir! Reservations coming soon. 

Visit the Welcome Booth to grab a seat on one of six tours. Each tour is roughly 1.5 hours. 

  • 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Parking (2 locations): 

   SMWD Headquarters
   26111 Antonio Parkway, RSM, CA 92688 

   Church with Shuttle Service
   26176 Antonio Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

    View a parking map (PDF) of the event.Parking

Event Map: View a map (PDF) of last year’s event below.

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Questions about the event? Please contact Nicole Stanfield at