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EMWD Secures $4.5M in Federal Funding for Desalination Program

Perris, CA (March 3, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this week received a multi-million dollar funding commitment from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to construct infrastructure to support EMWD’s groundwater desalination program.

The Army Corps Fiscal Year 2023 workplan included $4.5 million for Phase 2 of the Valley Boulevard and Murrieta Road pipeline project in Menifee. The pipeline will deliver untreated water to EMWD’s desalination facility.

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EMWD Honors County of Riverside with Water Champion Award

Perris, CA (March 1, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this week honored the County of Riverside with its 2022 Water Champion Award for its continued commitment to partner to provide a more sustainable water supply future for the region.

EMWD’s Water Champion Award is presented to those who show exemplary service in helping EMWD achieve its mission to deliver value to its diverse customers and the communities it serves by providing safe, reliable, economical, and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water service.

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EMWD’s Patrick the Poo Recognized for Educational Excellence

EMWD’s Patrick the Poo Mascot Recognized for Educational Excellence

Perris, CA (February 15, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) beloved wastewater mascot, Patrick the Poo, was honored this week with the 2022 National Environmental Achievement Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) for excellence in public information and education. EMWD received the award at NACWA’s 2023 conference in Sonoma on February 14, 2023.

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EMWD Bird Tours Continue Through April

Perris, CA (February 2, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) invites you to join us for our popular and free bird walks at our San Jacinto Valley Wetlands.

The tours provide guests the opportunity to see some of the more than 120 species of birds that call the Wetlands home throughout the year, including during the migratory season. It is not uncommon for a Bald Eagle to be seen throughout the winter months.

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EMWD Posts Unclaimed Money List

Couple excited for refund

Perris, CA (January 10, 2023) — 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.

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Phil Paule Reelected as EMWD Board President

Perris, CA (January 4, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) Board Director Phil Paule was reelected as EMWD’s Board President for the 2023-24 term during today’s Board of Directors meeting.

Paule has served as EMWD’s Board President for the 2021-22 calendar years and was nominated by his peers on the Board to serve another two-year term.  He represents French Valley, Winchester, and portions of Murrieta as the representative for District 1. Paule has served on EMWD’s Board since 2007.

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EMWD Achieves Reliability Through Proactive Infrastructure Investments

Perris, CA (December 29, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has taken a forward-thinking and equitable approach to providing reliable and safe services to the nearly 1 million people who rely on our infrastructure at their homes and businesses each day.

As the regional water, wastewater and recycled water provider to a growing region in western Riverside County, EMWD proactively invests in its infrastructure so that it may be prepared to meet the current and anticipated needs of its service area.

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EMWD Secures $17.5M Federal Grant for Purified Water Replenishment Program

Perris, CA (December 27, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received an additional $17.5 million in funding from the United States Bureau of Reclamation to advance its Purified Water Replenishment (PWR) program.

The new funding authorization, which is part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, brings the total federal funding for the project to $27.5 million, making it the largest federal grant funding total EMWD has received for a single project.

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EMWD’s Randy Record Announces Retirement from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors

Perris, CA (December 21, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) Board Vice President Randy Record, who is widely considered one of the leading water policy makers in California, announced today that he would be stepping down from his position as EMWD’s representative on The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Board of Directors.

The move is effective December 31, 2022. Record will remain on EMWD’s Board of Directors.

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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.