Student Tours and Education

Free Water Education Assemblies Provided to Elementary Schools

SMWD offers free Water Education Assemblies to students who attend elementary schools located in the SMWD service area through the Discovery Science Center and the regional family of water agencies. These assemblies are grade-specific and align with the California State Science Content Standards.

Image: Water Cycle: Precipitation and Evaporation

Topics include:

  • The importance and scarcity of water in Southern California
  • The water cycle
  • The three sources of water
  • Water storage, filtration, treatment, recycling and conservation

Contact your school principal or teacher to make sure your elementary school is taking advantage of this exciting FREE program or call (949) 459-6548.

Chiquita Water Treatment Plant Tours

Bring your scout group or homeschool students to experience real-world science for themselves!

Image: Boyscouts learning about Water Treatment

Local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and homeschool students age ten and up are being offered tours of Santa Margarita Water District's Chiquita Water Reclamation Plant. The plant treats wastewater from homes in the region and prepares it to be reused to irrigate parks and golf courses. The tour is a great opportunity for children and youth to learn first-hand about:

  • What happens to the water they use after it goes down the drain
  • How wastewater gets from their home to the treatment plant
  • How water is treated to be used as recycled water
  • How to conserve water every day

Plus, students will receive a water education booklet, pencil, bookmark and other fun stuff!

Spring Tour



Where:  Chiquita Water Treatment Plant
RSVP:  Call Nate @ 949-459-6633

Fall Tour



Where:  Chiquita Water Treatment Plant
RSVP:  Call Nate @ 949-459-6633

SMWD is currently closed

Contact Us

E-mail requests will be viewed between the hours of 8am-5pm M-F. Any e-mails sent after hours or on the weekend will be replied to during the next business day.

To use our LiveChat please check back during our normal operating hours of:

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm


Fill out the form to the right to send us an e-mail.