Grant Projects

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EMWD has several innovative projects that are funded, in part, by grants from various state, federal, and local agencies.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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