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EMWD to Begin Construction of Murrieta Road Pipeline Project

 

Perris, CA (April 14, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) began work this month on a new water transmission pipeline in Murrieta Road in the City of Menifee.

The Murrieta Road Pipeline Improvement Project will construct a 36-inch pipeline on Murrieta Road between Salt Creek and La Piedra Road. The new pipeline will support EMWD’s new groundwater desalination facility and allow EMWD to provide additional water supply reliability to the surrounding community.

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EMWD Offers Payment Assistance Programs

Perris, CA (March 25, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) continues to offer payment assistance programs for customers who may be facing financial difficulties with paying their water bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the Governor’s Executive Order currently prohibits shutoffs for non-payment, once that order is lifted, many customers with significant balances due may be at risk of shut off. To help customers manage outstanding balances, EMWD offers a range of programs to assist customers in becoming current on their bills including:

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EMWD Begins Work on Sky Canyon Sewer Project

Perris, CA (February 9, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) will begin work in the coming weeks on a new large-diameter sewer line in the French Valley area.

The Sky Canyon Sewer Project will involve the installation of 6,700 feet of 36-inch sewer line, with the majority of the pipeline alignment on Sky Canyon Drive north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road. The sewer line will connect to existing infrastructure near Hunter Road and Winchester Road.

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Phil Paule Selected as EMWD Board President

Phil Paule

Perris, CA (January 6, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) Board Director Phil Paule, who represents the Winchester, French Valley and the southwest Moreno Valley areas, was selected as the new President of EMWD’s Board of Directors today.

Paule has served on EMWD’s Board of Directors since 2007 and was most recently its Vice President. EMWD rotates its Board President and Vice President every two years.

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EMWD Receives $25M Federal Authorization for South Perris Desalination Program

EMWD Desalter

Perris, CA (January 5, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received a $25 million authorization to support its desalination program through the recently passed Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that was signed into law in late December 2020.  The recent WRDA passage increases Federal funding support for EMWD’s South Perris Desalination Program from $25 million to $50 million.

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Western and EMWD partner to enhance water reliability for March Air Reserve Base

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) and Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) entered into an interagency agreement this month to partner on efforts to enhance water supply reliability for March Air Reserve Base (March ARB).

The North Perris Groundwater Basin Program participation agreement between Western and EMWD supports a commitment to remedy and protect groundwater resources, providing a new local water supply for the area. 

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EMWD Kicks Off Perris North Groundwater Program

Perris, CA (December 21, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this week kicked off its Perris North Groundwater Program with the construction of two groundwater wells in northern Moreno Valley.

The program is a long-term solution to improve groundwater quality in the Perris North Groundwater Basin, located in the Moreno Valley area. The program will not only address groundwater contamination, but it will also provide safe drinking water for approximately 15,000 households annually.

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EMWD Welcomes Jeff Armstrong as New Board Member

Jeff Armstrong, Division 4

Perris, CA (December 4, 2020) — Jeff Armstrong, who has decades of experience in water management, was sworn in today as Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) newest board member.

Armstrong was elected in November 2020 by the residents of Division 4 – the Perris and Menifee areas – to a four-year term that will run through 2024.

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EMWD General Manager Paul Jones Honored By ACWA

Perris, CA (December 3, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) General Manager Paul D. Jones II, P.E., was recognized today with the John P. Fraser Emissary Award by the Association of California Water Agencies at its annual Fall Conference.

The award is presented to individuals who have made remarkable and visible contributions to the enhancement, protection or development of water resources in California through their support of ACWA’s goals.

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EMWD Hosts Virtual State of the District

Perris, CA (November 19, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today hosted its virtual State of the District event to provide key stakeholders and customers with information on how EMWD is working toward a more resilient future.

The biennial State of the District event was hosted virtually due to public health restrictions and to make the event accessible to all EMWD customers who want to learn more about how California’s sixth-largest retail water agency is working on their behalf.

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EMWD Begins Work on McCall Boulevard Pipeline Replacement Project

Perris, CA (November 4, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this month began work to replace an aging portion of pipeline in McCall Boulevard in the City of Menifee.

The McCall Boulevard Pipeline Replacement project will replace more than 6,000 linear feet of 12-inch pipeline between Bradley Road and Valley Boulevard. The existing pipeline is more than 50 years old and is being replaced as part of EMWD’s proactive replacement and refurbishment program.

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EMWD’s Strong Financial Standing Reaffirmed

 

Perris, CA (October 8, 2020) — As many public agencies have faced difficult financial realities because of the ongoing pandemic and economic downturn, Eastern Municipal Water District has recently been reaffirmed as a model of financial stability by the major rating agencies.

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EMWD Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Perris, CA (September 28, 2020) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is pleased to announce that John Adams, who has an extensive history in public sector finance, has been hired as EMWD’s new Chief Financial Officer.

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EMWD Recognized as Forward-Thinking Utility

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: