Citizens Water Academy


The application period for the Spring 2020 class is now open. Please follow the links below to submit a nomination or application.

The award-winning Citizens Water Academy is an opportunity for future and emerging leaders in the San Diego region 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. 


The application and nomination period for the Spring 2020 class is open. The class will take place entirely in North San Diego County and is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 11. See below for additional class dates, times and locations.

Spring 2020 Class

  • Session 1: Wednesday, March 11; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Oceanside, near SR 76)
  • Session 2: Tuesday, March 17; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Oceanside, near SR 76)
  • Session 3: Friday, March 27; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Escondido)

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 nomination period for the spring 2020 class is open. To nominate a community, civic or business leader for the spring 2020 class, please complete and submit the nomination form here:


The application period for the spring 2020 class is open. To be considered for the spring 2020 class, please complete and submit an application form here: Applications are due by Monday, February 17. All applications received will go through an competitive evaluation process before participants are selected.
If you want to add your name to the interest list to be notified when the application period for future classes open, click here.
If you have any questions about the program or application or nomination process, email us at

Participant Testimonials and Photo Gallery

Spring 2019 Class Photo

Spring 2019 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

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.