Each year, the Santa Ana Water Resources Division is involved in numerous educational, community and children’s events. From weekly farmer’s markets and neighborhood association meetings to SOMOS, Santa Ana Zoo’s Party for the Planet, and the Plaza Wellness 5K Run, our staff is on hand to pass out Santa Ana’s award winning water, free giveaways as well as conservation flyers and other promotional items.
Recognizing the importance of educating kids about conservation, we launched an annual Youth Poster Contest in 2015 to teach wise water use. We promoted it through the Santa Ana Unified School District, recreation centers and several special events at Bowers Museum, The Discovery Cube OC and MainPlace. You can read more about the contest here.
Here’s a snapshot of several other events we’ve participated in:
Nearly 1,000 people of all ages participated in a 5K run enjoying views of Santa Ana’s historic landmarks including the Orange County Courthouse, Spurgeon Building, booming 4th Street, Sasscer Park, and the Garfield Community Center. The Santa Ana Water exhibit was a refreshing stop for thirsty runners who later enjoyed other activities during this community health and resource fair designed to promote healthy lifestyles.
Hundreds of people stopped by our exhibit to sample water and learn more about water conservation during this inaugural car-free event called “Sunday On Main Open Street” or SOMOS. A three-mile stretch connecting Santa Ana’s historic south Main Street with its vibrant downtown was closed off to traffic, opening up a safe environment for the community to get out and get active. Residents were free to walk, run or move around on bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades as well as enjoy children’s activities, entertainment, Zumba dancing and yoga classes.
Graffiti Paint Out & Beautification Day
Santa Ana residents take pride in their community and one way they show their pride is on Graffiti Paint Out & Beautification Day. Many volunteers regularly join City-contracted graffiti removal crews to help clean up graffiti in our community parks and surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers are supplied with tools, gloves, paint and training. We are on hand with our award winning water and healthy snacks to help support residents and crews who work hard at beautifying our community.
Party for the Planet
Each year Santa Ana Water educates children about water conservation at Party for the Planet. Santa Ana Zoo’s annual event is held at Prentice Park in honor of Earth Day to celebrate wildlife and promote ways people can help protect the environment.
DTSA Farmer’s Market, every Sunday
Our exhibit is now becoming a permanent fixture at the Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA) Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Thursday on the Spurgeon Promenade–located between 3rd and 4th streets. The DTSA Farmer’s Market is where residents (and sometimes public officials like Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez shown here) enjoy food samplings, entertainment, and shopping among vendors selling a wide array of goods like fresh produce, artisan bread, and gourmet oils and vinegars. Be sure to look out for the Santa Ana Water exhibit and stop by for a visit!
For nonprofit and community organizations: If you would like to request a Water Resources Division representative to speak at your event about water conservation and other water-related issues, contact us at please call us at (714) 647-3320.