Since its formation in 1950, Eastern Municipal Water District has matured from a small, primarily agricultural-serving agency, to one whose major demands come from domestic customers.
See The Story of EMWD
(2.6MB Acrobat pdf) - a presentation created for EMWD's 50th Anniversary.
Building the Future (9MB) Note: This is a large file. To save them to your computer (for viewing or printing) right click on the link, select the "save target as" option, and select a location on your system.
Building the Future book chapters
Cover and Contents (1MB)
Building the Foundation: 1928 - 1948 (3MB)
Building a District: 1950 - 1959 (3MB)
Building in New Directions: 1960 - 1978 (4MB)
Building the Future: 1980 - 2000 (1.5MB)
Authorized under the Municipal Water District Act of 1911, EMWD's duties and responsibilities are further delineated in the California Water Code. In 1951, EMWD annexed to The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).
As with many other public entities, EMWD is authorized to exercise the power of eminent domain, to levy and collect taxes, to fix, revise and collect rates or other charges. The district may also issue bonds, borrow money and incur indebtedness.
Municipal water and sewer rates are not subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission of California. EMWD customers instead are represented by a board of five directors
. They are elected by registered voters to four-year terms in divisions representing comparably sized populations.
The population within the current 542-square-mile service area is about 755,000. EMWD's operating budget for 2011/2012 is $219.5 million with net assets of approximately $1.5 billion (as of June 2011).