Citizens Water Academy


The application period for the Fall 2018 Citizens Water Academy class is now open.

The award-winning Citizens Water Academy is open to future and emerging leaders in the San Diego region who want to learn about critical projects and programs related to water. 

Through the academy, the Water Authority is expanding and sustaining a diverse network of influencers who are willing to serve as outreach ambassadors on water issues and refer others to future academy classes.

The selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. The Water Authority typically receives many more applications than spots available. 


We are now accepting nominations for the Fall 2018 class, which includes two weekday classroom sessions and one weekend classroom session and facilities tour. The next academy dates and times are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 26, 2018: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Participants MUST commit to attend each session and tour.

There is no tuition, fee, or charge to apply or attend the academy; however, there may be a reportable value, as food, beverages and other items will be provided.


The Fall 2018 class will be in south county. Nominations are due Friday, Sept. 14. To nominate someone for the Fall 2018 class, click here.


The application period for the Fall 2018 class in south county is currently open. Please complete the application form here by Thursday, Sept. 20. Applications received after this date will be considered for a future class.
If you have any questions about the program or application or nomination process, email us at

Participant Testimonials and Photo Gallery


June 2018 Citizens Water Academy participants on top of Olivenhain Dam


“The presentations and discussions were great. We talked about real time situations and problems that are being dealt with today."

"It's impressive to meet and hear the material from the people who actually run the show."

"I plan to ensure folks understand how critical water conservation and education are."



The Water Authority received a Silver Bernays Mark of Excellence Award for the Citizens Water Academy from the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at its annual gala on October 20, 2015. The award was given for Community Relations - Non-profit/Government/Association.


The program also received a Communications Initiative Award from the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association at its annual awards event on May 5, 2016.





News Coverage

Next City - Sept. 4, 2015
San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug. 13, 2015
Ramona Sentinel - Feb. 12, 2015
San Diego Union-Tribune - Nov. 7, 2014 

Frequently Asked Questions

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