Citizens Water Academy Connects, Educates Civic Leaders

The award-winning Citizens Water Academy provides an opportunity for emerging leaders and professionals in the San Diego region to learn about critical projects and programs related to water.

Through the academy, the Water Authority expands and sustains a diverse network of influencers who are willing to serve as ambassadors on water issues and refer others to future academy classes to expand knowledge about the region’s water industry.

Participant Information

More than 700 regional leaders have participated in the Water Authority’s award-winning Citizens Water Academy since its inception in 2015.

Participants must attend each session and the facilities tour to complete the program. There is no tuition, fee, or charge to apply or attend, but there may be a reportable value due to food, beverages and other items provided to participants.

The academy is typically held three times each year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the suspension of classes until further notice.

To learn more about the program, applications, or nominations, email the program coordinator at

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

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

Apply For The Academy

The selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. More applications are typically received than there are spots available.

Potential participants can add their names to the interest list to be notified when the application period is open for future classes. Applicants should note on their form if they have been nominated by a Water Academy alum or a regional leader.

Citizens Water Academy - Application Form

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  • Self is ok
  • Why are you a good candidate for the Citizens Water Academy? Please include what you would like to learn from and share with the Academy. Also include in your response any qualifications/special interests you believe are important.
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 “It’s impressive to meet and hear the material from the people who actually run the show.”

Nominate An Applicant

To nominate someone for the next class, fill out the form below and encourage the nominee to complete an application and list you as the nominator.

Citizens Water Academy - Nomination Form

  • Nominee Information

  • Nominator Information

    If you select "Self Nominate" above, you will only need to fill out Signature/Initials and Date Signed below:
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Interest List

Add your name to the interest list to be notified when the application period for future classes is open.

Citizens Water Academy Notification List

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The Citizens Water Academy received a Communications Initiative Award from the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association.

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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.