Water Authority & MWD Tours

Tour participants experience first-hand how legislative and regulatory policies affect the availability of imported water.


The Water Authority has a four-member delegation to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Board of Directors. They are: Directors Michael Hogan, Keith Lewinger, Elsa Saxod and Fern Steiner.

Each year, these directors host tours, called inspection trips, that provide elected and appointed officials, business and environmental community leaders, civic leaders, media representatives, educators, and interested stakeholders with the opportunity to learn about current and historical water issues affecting the region from both statewide and local perspectives. The tours also provide a first-hand look at the magnitude of the water delivery systems that feed Southern California by visiting numerous sites and facilities across the state. 

There are currently three types of educational tours generally conducted September through May of each fiscal year. This year’s inspection trip season, seen below, has ended. We will post next season's tour schedule soon.

Tour Date Hosting Director Type of Tour Application Link
September 30 - October 1, 2016 Keith Lewinger Colorado River Aqueduct System Deadline has passed.
October 28-29, 2016 Michael Hogan State Water Project/
Bay Delta
Deadline has passed.
January 21-22, 2017 Fern Steiner Hoover Dam & Colorado River Aqueduct System Deadline has passed.
February 3-4, 2017 Michael Hogan Colorado River Aqueduct System Deadline has passed.

February 24-25, 2017 April 28-29, 2017

Keith Lewinger

State Water Project/
Bay Delta
Deadline has passed.
March 4-5, 2017

Fern Steiner

State Water Project/
Bay Delta
Deadline has passed.
March 17-18, 2017 Elsa Saxod Colorado River Aqueduct System Deadline has passed.



Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant

These tours focus on the largest state-built water and power system in the nation. Guests will also hear about the complex issues that influence how the system operates and the numerous problems affecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta.

Trip participants may visit key State Water Project facilities, meet with legislative representatives, and receive detailed presentations and updates from Bay Delta experts.



Colorado River Aqueduct

These tours focus on the 242-mile-long system of pumping plants and canals that brings Colorado River water into Southern California.

These tours stop along the Lower Colorado River region and may include visits to Hoover Dam, the All-American Canal, the Coachella Canal, and other critical components of the historic Quantification Settlement Agreement. Guests may have the opportunity to visit facilities located near and in the San Diego County region, such as the Water Authority's Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir, San Vicente Dam, and Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant as well as MWD's Diamond Valley Lake and Robert A. Skinner Water Treatment Plant.


Transportation, lodging, and meals are provided by MWD. Limited seating is available on each tour. Trip participants must be 18 years of age or older, and background checks may be required to visit some secure federal, state, and local facilities.

To receive email notices about upcoming Water Authority & MWD Tours or invitations to upcoming trips, please email MWDProgramTours@sdcwa.org.