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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 - a presentation created for EMWD's 50th Anniversary.

Building the Future - (entire book = 9 MB)

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.

Historical Photos


Reagan 1973


EMWD Ranch 1953


Well drilling Sanderson & Ramona 1952

Homeland 1956




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