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San Jacinto Student Honored for Water Artwork

Children's artwork

Perris, CA (December 16, 2021) — A San Jacinto student has been selected to have their artwork featured in a calendar promoting the importance of safe and reliable water supplies.

Aiden Chavez, a student at De Anza Elementary School in the San Jacinto Unified School District, was honored earlier this month by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) as part of their annual “Water is Life” poster contest.

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EMWD Achieves AAA Credit Rating

EMWD Main Office entrance with clouds and rainbow behind.

Perris, CA (November 30, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has achieved a AAA credit rating by Fitch, one of the three major rating agencies, as part of its continued commitment to being strong financial stewards of public funds.

The AAA rating provides direct benefits to customers by helping EMWD secure low interest rates, which provide long-term cost savings to customers when funding infrastructure needed to provide safe and reliable water, wastewater and recycled water services.

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EMWD Flush With Excitement Over World Toilet Day

Perris, CA (November 19, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating World Toilet Day today by reminding its customers to do their part in being Sewer Smart.

World Toilet Day was established by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of responsible wastewater systems and the role they play in protecting public health around the world.

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EMWD Board to Consider Revisions to Division Boundaries

EMWD Main Office entrance with clouds and rainbow behind.

Perris, CA (November 18, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has initiated the process to realign its Board Member divisions in response to population data from the 2020 census.

As a government-authorized Special District, EMWD provides service to nearly 900,000 customers across a 558-square mile service area that stretches from Moreno Valley to Temecula, and from the San Jacinto Valley to the Mead Valley area. Each division should represent approximately 174,000 people.

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EMWD Increases Drought Stage in Response to Regional Emergency Declarations

Water pipes leading into a reservoir.

Perris, CA (November 18, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) Board of Directors this week urged customers who are exceeding their water budgets to eliminate wasteful practices as part of EMWD’s move into Stage 3a of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

The move to Stage 3a is a result of rapidly evolving drought conditions that prompted The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to declare an emergency drought status on November 9, 2021. The State of California has also declared a drought emergency.

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EMWD Encourages Being Sewer Smart This Holiday Season

Be Sewer Smart

Perris, CA (November 10, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages customers to help protect their wastewater collection system this holiday season.

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 Waterfest Materials Still Available

Family of four jumping joyously in an image promoting Waterfest Open House

Perris, CA (November 4, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) customers who were unable to attend the weeklong virtual Waterfest Open House are still able to view materials online.

EMWD hosted its first-ever virtual Open House on October 25-28, 2021, where customers learned about EMWD’s water supplies, investments in reliability, educational programs, conservation efforts, careers in the water industry and much more.

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EMWD Recognizes Don Peterson Contracting as 2021 Supplier of the Year

Representatives from Don Peterson Contracting, Inc. receiving award

Perris, CA (November 3, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today recognized Don Peterson Contracting, Inc., as its 2021 Supplier of the Year.

Headquartered in San Marcos, Don Peterson has worked with EMWD since 2005 and is one of EMWD’s on-call mechanical contractors. The company has worked on projects including the Temecula Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility Headworks Influent Meter Replacement and Reach 4 Energy Dissipation Facility inflatable dam installation.

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EMWD Completes New Groundwater Replenishment Facility

Water flowing in replenishment basin

Perris, CA (October 28, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today celebrated the completion of its Mountain Avenue West Groundwater Replenishment Basins in San Jacinto.

The facility is home to EMWD’s Water Banking program, which aims to replenish local groundwater basins and further prepares our region for times of drought.

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EMWD Honored as Forward-Thinking Utility

Three rows of solar panels in the sunlight

Perris, CA (October 21, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized with the 2021 Utility of the Future Today award for its commitment to a sustainable clean energy portfolio, marking the second consecutive year it has earned the honor.

EMWD is one of 39 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 Customers Continue Efficiency Efforts

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Perris, CA (October 19, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) customers have continued their longstanding commitment to being statewide examples of water use efficiency.

EMWD customers have embraced a culture of efficient water-use habits and have reduced per-capita use by approximately 41 percent in the past two decades. Those numbers have continued to get even better as California faces a historic drought that has reduced storage levels to record lows.

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EMWD Debuts New Features on MyAccount Customer Portal

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Perris, CA (October 18, 2021) — Today, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is providing its customers with new tools to help manage their water use and their account with upgrades to its MyAccount customer portal.

The new features include a variety of resources for self-service options along with tools to help customers better understand their water usage.

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EMWD Hosts Weeklong Virtual Waterfest Open House

Perris, CA (October 13, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this month is hosting a virtual Open House and invites its customers to learn more about their water and wastewater district in a week full of water, wisdom and winning.

The 2021 Waterfest runs from October 25-28, 2021, and features interactive programs, educational opportunities, and the chance to win daily prizes.

Each day hosts a new theme:

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EMWD Recognizes Water Professionals Appreciation Week

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Perris, CA (October 4, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this week is celebrating Water Professionals Appreciation Week, which honors the employees who help provide safe and reliable water services to our communities.

Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established by a California Senate Concurrent Resolution in 2017. This is the fifth annual week honoring the estimated 60,000 water professionals throughout California.

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Rent and Utility Assistance Program Hosts Event at EMWD

Perris, CA (September 23, 2021) — The Inland Southern California United Way and the County of Riverside will host United Lift, a rent and utility assistance event, at Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) on September 30, 2021.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will be held at EMWD’s main office, located at 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, CA.

The United Lift program will provide up to 12 months of back rent and utilities, and three months of future rent assistance. The program is available to Riverside County residents.

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EMWD, Regional Agencies Partner on Historic Water Storage Program

Perris, CA (September 22, 2021) — Six regional water agencies working in conjunction with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) have reached a historic agreement that will better prepare the region for future droughts and promote water use efficiency throughout a three-county area, the agencies announced this week.

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EMWD Encourages Emergency Preparedness

Perris, CA (September 8, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District encourages its customers to take a moment throughout National Preparedness Month this September to ensure they are ready in the event of a major emergency – such as an earthquake – that could result in an extended disruption of water service.

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EMWD Program Recognized with Resource Efficiency and Community Service Award

Perris, CA (September 1, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was honored today as the winner of the 2021 California Municipal Utilities Association’s Resource Efficiency and Community Service Award for large agencies in the water sector.

EMWD was recognized for its nationally renowned Recycled Water Accelerated Retrofit Program, which helps EMWD’s commercial, industrial and institutional customers transition landscape areas to recycled water while also promoting water conservation programs in the process.

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EMWD Encourages Tap Water for Reusable Bottles as Students Return to Classrooms

Perris, CA (August 24, 2021) — With schools resuming in-person education this month, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants to remind parents and students that a reusable water bottle is an important part of back-to-school supplies.

EMWD encourages the use of reusable water bottles that can be filled and refilled with EMWD tap water throughout the day, helping students remain hydrated while in class and during after-school activities.