EMWD has several innovative projects that are funded, in part, by grants from various state, federal, and local agencies.
- Longfellow Tank Project - Recycled Water Tank and Pipeline project includes a 5-million-gallon tank and 4,500 ft. of pipeline in Winchester which will augment recycled water to a large area.
- Agricultural Groundwater Water Exchange Program
This project’s innovative approach restores and protects a groundwater area which is in overdraft. The project is a critical component of the effort to reduce future water imports into Southern California. It will also guarantee the economic future of farmers in the area, thereby protecting the food source of the nation.
- Biodiesel Production from Grease
EMWD has been investigating the production of biodiesel from restaurant grease trap pumping waste. Grease trap pumpings within EMWD's service area alone total more than 5 million gallons per year. Most of this waste material is currently disposed of in a landfill or is sometimes composted. But this waste material has the potential to generate 125,000 gallons of biodiesel suitable for the District's fleet of diesel-powered vehicles.
- Enchanted Heights Wastewater Collection to Replace Failing Septic Systems
This project is for construction of a gravity sewer system for the Enchanted Heights community in Riverside County, along the western boundary of the City of Perris. The project includes 562 lots on approximately 170 acres. Of those, 446 residences rely on septic systems that often fail during the wet season posing a documented health concern. Because the lots were developed on poor soil with exposed bedrock, the failing septic systems have the potential to come into contact with perched groundwater. Additionally, some residents have resorted to discharging their grey water to the street.
- Hemet/San Jacinto Conjuctive Use Project: Integrated Recharge and Recovery, Phase II
Conjunctive use integrates the management of surface water and groundwater to optimize the use of available water resources. EMWD proposes to implement a conjunctive use program in Western Riverside County’s San Jacinto Valley, one of Southern California’s most rapidly growing areas. The proposed program will develop the infrastructure needed to recharge the San Jacinto groundwater subbasin with State Water Project water purchased from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).
- Salinity Management: Regional Water-Related Infrastructure Project
This project will include building three brine lines that will connect to existing brine management facilities and a a new brine concentration facility. That will further improve the water quality of the brine wastewater generated at EMWD’s existing brackish groundwater desalters.
- Salinity Management: Perris II Desalter
Removing the salt from seawater or high-salinity groundwater is technically difficult and expensive. In the past, the capital and operational expense of desalination could only be justified in the absence of any alternative water supply. The Perris II Desalter will produce potable water from from an otherwise unuseable groundwater resource and reduce future demands for imported water.
- Quail Valley Wastewater Collection to Replace Failing Septic Systems
This project is for the environmental work and preliminary design costs for a sewer system in Quail Valley. The community of Quail Valley is located in southwestern Riverside County, immediately north of Canyon Lake. Failing septic systems in Quail Valley have resulted in polluted water in the community and in downstream Canyon Lake.