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EMWD Recognized as Forward-Thinking Utility

Utility of the Future Today Logo

Perris, CA (September 24, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized with the 2020 Utility of the Future Today award for EMWD’s groundbreaking approach to expanding its recycled water system.

EMWD is one of 65 water utilities nationwide to be honored with the award, which highlights transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship and resource management.

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EMWD Encourages Emergency Preparedness

National Preparedness Month

Perris, CA (September 10, 2020) — September is National Preparedness Month so Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants to take the opportunity to remind its customers of the importance of being prepared in the event of a major emergency – such as an earthquake – that could result in an extended interruption of water service.

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EMWD Achieves Seventh Consecutive Cal STAR Safety Recertification

Perris, CA (August 28, 2020) – This week Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) received recognition and recertification by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) for its industry-leading safety achievements.

EMWD again obtained Cal/OSHA Voluntary Protection Plan STAR status, exemplifying the safety culture and corresponding recognition it first achieved and has continuously held since 1999.

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EMWD Honored for Financial Reporting Excellence

Perris, CA (August 3, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was recently recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association, marking the 16th consecutive year that EMWD has earned the distinction.

EMWD received the Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a 21,000-member nonprofit organization for government finance professionals.

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EMWD Releases Annual Water Quality Report

Perris, CA (June 25, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has released its 2019 Consumer Confidence Report, which provides customers information about their drinking water quality and sources.

EMWD again met or surpassed all state and federal drinking water standards, as established by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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State Board Increases EMWD-Record Grant Award

Perris, CA (June 11, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today finalized an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) that will significantly increase what was already the largest grant award in EMWD’s history.

The State Board has increased EMWD’s $36.3 million grant award to $44.9 million for EMWD’s proposed Perris North Groundwater Program. The program is a long-term solution to improve groundwater quality in the North Perris Groundwater Basin, in the Moreno Valley area.

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EMWD Announces Student Art Contest Winners

Perris, CA (May 27, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has announced the winners of its 2020 Poster Contest, which is open to all elementary school students in EMWD’s service area.

The annual contest allows grade school students to create a poster as part of the “Water is Life” art contest run by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. A panel of judges from EMWD and Rancho California Water District selected the winners.

The contest winners this year include:

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Riverside County’s family of water agencies reassures customers that their tap water is safe, their system is reliable

Riverside County’s family of water agencies this past week launched a collaborative campaign with a goal to continue assuring customers that the region is coming together during this unprecedented time to maintain essential services to the communities they serve.  The regional campaign aims to reinforce the collective efforts the agencies have undertaken as essential service providers to protect public health during the COVID-19 (corona virus) pandemic.

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EMWD Celebrates Water Awareness Month

Perris, CA (May 12, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is proud to celebrate Water Awareness Month throughout May by continuing efforts to bring our customers safe and reliable water services.

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EMWD Closes Public Access to Promote Public Health

EMWD Administration Center.

Perris, CA (March 18, 2020) — In response to public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this week closed its main lobbies to the public until further notice.

There will be no interruption in water, wastewater or recycled water services during this period.

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EMWD Honors Sen. Feinstein with Water Champion Award

EMWD General Manager Paul Jones, Senator Dianne Feinstein, EMWD President Ron Sullivan, EMWD's Jolene Walshand EMWD

Perris, CA (March 12, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today announced that United States Senator Dianne Feinstein has been awarded its Water Champion Award.

The EMWD Water Champion Award is presented to an individual who shows exemplary service in helping EMWD achieve its mission of providing clean, reliable water, wastewater and recycled water management services for residents of western Riverside County.

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EMWD, UCR Partner on Water Affordability Study

Glass of clean water.

Perris, CA (January 28, 2020) — An academic study by the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) School of Public Policy, conducted in partnership with Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), has found that water and sewer costs within EMWD’s service area were a fraction of the federal government’s water affordability threshold.

UCR reviewed eight years’ worth of monthly water bills from EMWD’s service area and compared household water costs the costs of water to other household expenses as a fraction of median household income (MHI). They find that, on average, monthly water and sewer costs accounted for approximately 1.5 percent of median monthly household income.

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EMWD Posts Unclaimed Money List

Perris, CA (January 16, 2020) —Current and former customers of Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) may be entitled to unclaimed money. Each year, EMWD posts a list of unclaimed monies, which are typically refunds associated with the closing of water accounts, water efficiency rebates or other fees.

EMWD attempts to locate the current address and contact these customers and developers, but those efforts are sometimes unsuccessful due to the lack of a forwarding address, companies closing, or other reasons. In addition, EMWD performs a search of its customer database to see if the customer has a current active account where the unclaimed money can be applied.

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EMWD Launches New ‘My Account’ Customer Portal

Customer on laptop.

Perris, CA (January 9, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this week debuted its new ‘My Account’ customer portal, which will provide an expanded array of online tools to help customers monitor water use and conduct business with EMWD.

The new portal – www.emwd.org/MyAccount – is the first phase of a long-term commitment to provide enhanced features on EMWD’s bill pay website.

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Be Sewer Smart with FOG This Holiday Season

View of EMWD waste water plant from roof.

Perris, CA (November 27, 2019) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) would like to remind its customers to be Sewer Smart this holiday season by limiting what they put down the drain.

As families come together and make large, holiday meals – including turkey and roast beef – often times significant amounts of fats, oils and grease (FOG) are collected at the bottom of cooking dishes. When those liquids are poured down the drain and enter the sewer system, they begin to harden as they cool and eventually solidify, causing blockages in customer’s homes and within EMWD’s sewer collection system.

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EMWD Birding Tours Resume at San Jacinto Wetlands

Bald eagle at San Jacinto Wetlands.

Perris, CA (October 21, 2019) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD)’s popular birding tours resume this month at EMWD’s San Jacinto Wetlands and will run through April 2020.

The free, family-friendly tours will take place on the fourth Saturday of each month at the EMWD’s Wetlands, where guests can view more than 120 species of birds that call the facility their permanent or temporary home. Previous tour guests have spotted bald eagles at the site.

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EMWD Awarded $36M Grant To Improve Local Groundwater Quality

Bathing baby drinking clean water from kitchen tap.

Perris, CA (October 21, 2019) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was recently awarded $36.3 million in grant funding from the State Water Resources Control Board, the largest grant in EMWD’s history.

The funding is a significant step toward the advancement of EMWD’s proposed Perris North Groundwater Program, which is a long term solution to improve groundwater quality in the North Perris Groundwater Basin, in the Moreno Valley area. The program would also make beneficial use of available local groundwater supplies, up to 6,700 acre-feet per year, further reducing reliance on imported water supplies.

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EMWD Encourages Emergency Preparedness

Prepared, not scared. National preparedness month 2019.

Perris, CA (September 19, 2019) — September is National Preparedness Month and Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) urges its customers to be prepared in the event of an emergency that may result in a significant water service interruption.

In the event of an outage, EMWD crews will work to quickly and safely restore water service. However, a large earthquake or other disaster could result in extended outages that would require customers to have supplies on hand to meet their basic needs.

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EMWD Honored With Achievement in Procurement Award

National Procurement Institute award for Achievement of Excellence in Procurement.

Perris, CA (September 5, 2019) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was honored for the sixth consecutive year with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award by the National Procurement Institute.

The award recognizes public agencies that are industry leaders in their processes for purchasing goods and services.

This marks the 10th time EMWD has received the award, including annually since 2014.

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EMWD Helps Students Stay Hydrated As Classes Begin

Students with reusable water bottles.

Perris, CA (August 26, 2019) — As students across the region begin going back to school this month, it’s a good time to make sure their back-to-school supplies include a reusable water bottle.

This fall, EMWD will complete work on installing water bottle fill stations at every school within EMWD’s service area that has requested one. These stations allow students and teachers to easily refill water bottles and stay hydrated with safe and reliable tap water.

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