Application period for the Spring 2019 class is closed. Additional class dates for 2019 are below.
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 2019 class is closed. Dates and times for other classes are available below.
Summer 2019 Class (for public agency employees)
- Wednesday, July 10, 2019; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Kearny Mesa/San Diego)
- Wednesday, July 17, 2019; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Escondido)
If you are a public agency employee and wish to participate in the summer class, complete the application form here.
Fall 2019 Class (East County - October)
- Wednesday, October 9, 2019; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (El Cajon)
- Wednesday, October 16, 2019; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (El Cajon)
- Friday, October 25, 2019; 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.
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“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.
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