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EMWD Employees Proudly Give Back to the Community


Perris, CA (December 20, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) employees this holiday season are continuing their year-long commitment to giving back to their community through charity work and donations.

EMWD employees donate to a wide range of causes throughout the year, including through automatic payroll deductions to local and industry efforts. The largest single donation effort in 2022 was Water For People, which helps disadvantaged communities throughout the world receive the infrastructure necessary to provide safe water and sanitation services.

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Menifee Student Honored For Award Winning Artwork

Art Contest Winner

Perris, CA (December 12, 2022) — A Menifee kindergartner has an important message to help save water.

Kimber Atchison, who attends Mesa View Elementary School in the Romoland School District, produced the winning entry for Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) 2021-22 annual Poster Contest, which will be included in The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (MWD) 2023 Water Is Life Calendar.

Atchison’s artwork included a girl making sure she turned the water off in her sink with the words “It is good to turn the faucet off.”

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EMWD Introduces ‘The Drop’ Podcast For Your Latest Water News

The Drop Logo

Perris, CA (November 22, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this month debuted a new podcast, The Drop, where EMWD brings the latest information on the water industry right to your ears.

The Drop debuted in mid-November and weekly episodes are planned. EMWD staff and potential guests will discuss a wide range of industry topics, including the drought, water quality, planned programs, infrastructure and much more.

In debuting The Drop, EMWD is believed to be one of the first water agencies in California to have its own podcast.

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EMWD Celebrates America Recycles Day With Recycled Water Commitments

Perris, CA (November 15, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating America Recycles Day by proudly doing its part as an industry leader in recycled water.

As California and the West continue to face historic water supply challenges, there has never been a more important time for water agencies to beneficially use 100 percent of their recycled water supplies. EMWD has done so for many years, as recycled water accounts for more than one-third of the water used in EMWD’s service area.

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EMWD Encourages Customers to be Sewer Smart This Holiday Season

Holiday turkey with grease

Perris, CA (November 9, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages customers to help protect their wastewater collection system this holiday season by ensuring they do not place items down the drain that can cause costly blockages and damages.

With families gathering for large meals – including those such as turkey and roast beef that produce large amounts of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) – EMWD is asking its customers to be Sewer Smart and properly dispose of FOG.

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EMWD Encourages Customers to Imagine a Day Without Water

Drought Photo

Perris, CA (October 17, 2022) — With reservoirs throughout the western United States at record lows and California experiencing the longest dry streak in recorded history, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) asks its customers to take a few moments today to think: What would happen if there was no water?

October 20, 2022 is “Imagine a Day Without Water” Day, and while EMWD has worked hard to ensure reliability for its customers, it is also an opportune time to ponder what would happen if our taps ran dry.

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EMWD Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting

EMWD Annual Certified Financial Report


Perris, CA (October 13, 2022) —Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), marking the 18th consecutive year that EMWD has earned the distinction.

EMWD received the Certificate of Achievement for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

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

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EMWD Recognized as Forward-Thinking Utility

EMWD staff lead a tour for students at the Hemet Water Filtration Plant

Perris, CA (October 12, 2022) —Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized as a “Utility of the Future Today” for its industry-leading classroom education program that engages students throughout the region.

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EMWD Receives $17M In Grant Support from State Water Resources Control Board for Perris North Groundwater Program

A rendering of the Perris North Groundwater Program treatment facilities in Moreno Valley.

Perris, CA (October 6, 2022) — This week, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) received an additional $17 million in grant funding from the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) to support its Perris North Groundwater Program (Perris North).

The State Board unanimously approved the funding, which will help EMWD make beneficial use of groundwater supplies in this region and also keep costs low for its customers.

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EMWD Celebrates Water Professionals Appreciation Week

Staff at the Perris Water Filtration Plant

Perris, CA (October 4, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating the more than 600 employees who bring safe and reliable water, wastewater and recycled water service to its communities as part of Water Professionals Appreciation Week.

Every year, the designated week provides a spotlight to the often-unsung work of water industry professionals and the important work they do on behalf of the public. The celebratory week runs October 1-9 this year.

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Customers Encouraged To Take Advantage of Turf Rebate Opportunities

Perris, CA (September 28, 2022) — As California’s ongoing drought shows no signs of letting up, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is encouraging its customers to make lasting changes by taking part in the regional turf removal rebate program.

EMWD customers are eligible for the program, which will pay them up to $3 per square foot for turf removed at their homes. The rebates are available through

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EMWD to Host Free Purified Water Replenishment Open House Event

EMWD Purified Water Replenishment Open House Flyer

Perris, CA (September 22, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is inviting its customers to a free Open House event on October 15, 2022, where customers can come learn about EMWD’s planned Purified Water Replenishment (PWR) program.

The event will run from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at EMWD’s main office, located at 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, CA.

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Be Ready: Preparedness is Key During an Emergency

National Emergency Preparedness Month photo

Perris, CA (September 20, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages its customers to take time this month to ensure they are ready in the event of a major emergency or natural disaster.

September is National Preparedness Month, which was established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The month offers a good reminder of the importance of being prepared for an unplanned situation such as an earthquake.

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EMWD Issues Boil Water Notice for Areas Affected by Fairview Fire in Hemet

Perris, CA (September 6, 2022) — Due to the Fairview fire which began on September 5, 2022 within the Hemet area of Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) service area, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, the Riverside County Public Health Department, and EMWD are advising residents of fire affected areas in east Hemet, CA to only use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution to avoid stomach or intestinal illness.

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EMWD Program Awarded $10M Grant Through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Mountain Avenue West EMWD building with mountains in the background

Perris, CA (August 19, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received a significant financial investment from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to support its Purified Water Replenishment program through the recently enacted Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden.

EMWD, which has long been one of the nation’s leading agencies in securing state and federal grants, received a $10 million appropriation for its planned project in San Jacinto, Calif.

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EMWD applauds Governor Newsom on the timely release of the August 2022 Water Supply Strategy: Adapting to a Hotter, Drier Future

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) applauds Governor Newsom on the timely release of the August 2022 Water Supply Strategy: Adapting to a Hotter, Drier Future.  EMWD recognizes the need to make generational investments in our water supply reliability infrastructure including storage and conveyance, amid worsening aridifcation in California.

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EMWD Committed to Working With CII Customers To Save Water

A sign that says: Doing Our Part to Save Water. We are in a serious drought..

Perris, CA (August 16, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants to be a partner with its Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) customers to help them do their part and reduce outdoor irrigation use during California’s ongoing drought.

The State Water Resources Control Board and EMWD have both recently adopted regulations prohibiting the irrigation of nonfunctional turf with potable water, with some exceptions – most notably if trees or perennial shrubs are on the same irrigation station as the nonfunctional turf.