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Inland Empire says, “Keep It Up IE” New partnership leads in drought status communication

Perris, CA (August 19, 2021) — As this season gears up to be one of the warmest and driest in recent memory, millions of Californians are reacquainting themselves with the trappings of summer: sunscreen, sunny mornings, and drought. Intentional or not, the word drought has become synonymous with summer to millions in California, due in part to water agencies like ours whose outreach efforts flood social media and mailboxes this time of year.


EMWD Celebrates National Water Quality Month

Perris, CA (August 12, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is proud to celebrate National Water Quality Month throughout August by continuing our longstanding commitment to delivering safe and reliable water supplies to the communities we serve.

EMWD promotes water quality through state-of-the-art treatment processes and extensive water quality testing to ensure our customers are confident in the water supply delivered to homes, businesses and recreational facilities throughout our 555-square mile service area.


EMWD Launches Landscapes for Living Program

Perris, CA (July 26, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has launched a new outdoor water use efficiency program for its residential customers called Landscapes for Living.  Designed to help residents create beautiful, low-maintenance and water efficient front and backyards, Landscapes for Living includes multiple cost-saving rebates and free installation of water saving equipment.


New partnership formed to address Inland Empire water challenges

Four water agencies today announced the launch of a new regional partnership to increase awareness of and advocate for solutions to regional water quality and supply challenges. The Inland Empire Clean Water Partnership (IE CWP) is launching as many municipalities face challenges surrounding dry-weather conditions and we approach another hot summer in Southern California.


EMWD Celebrates Smart Irrigation Month

Perris, CA (July 20, 2021) — July is Smart Irrigation Month, and Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages its customers to do their part to be as efficient as possible with their outdoor irrigation practices, particularly in light of drought conditions across California and the Governor’s request for all residents to voluntarily reduce water use.


EMWD Prepared for Drought Conditions

Perris, CA (July 14, 2021) — As California faces another drought associated with prolonged dry conditions, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants to assure its customers that it is well-prepared to meet our regions’ water supply needs.


EMWD Projects Receive Federal Funding

Perris, CA (July 6, 2021) — Two Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) projects have received preliminary federal funding allocations in appropriations legislation, thanks to the diligence of Representatives Ken Calvert and Mark Takano.


EMWD Introduces Latest Education Book

Perris, CA (June 29, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is proud to introduce “Frog and Turtle: Water Escapades” as the newest in its ongoing series of educational books.

The comic book inspired story details where EMWD’s water supplies come from, with a frog and a turtle discovering that they are living through an ongoing drought and learning about their water supplies to better understand how to use water more efficiently.


EMWD Releases Annual Water Quality Report

Perris, CA (June 24, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has released its 2020 Consumer Confidence Report, which provides a science-based overview of EMWD’s drinking water quality and sources from the prior calendar year.

EMWD once again met and surpassed all state and federal drinking water standards as set forth by the State Water Resources Control Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The report is issued on or before July 1 each year.


EMWD Team Excels in Solar Cup Competition

Perris, CA (June 15, 2021) — A local high school team sponsored by Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) won a first and third place trophy during the recent Solar Cup competition.

Solar Cup is sponsored by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and is designed to teach high school students about science, technology, and water conservation as part of its annual program.


EMWD Announces Winner of First-Ever Education Video Contest

Perris, CA (June 3, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is proud to announce the winner of its inaugural video contest for high school students that highlights where EMWD’s water supplies originate from and what happens after they use it.

Robyn Romo, a junior at Canyon Springs High School in the Moreno Valley Unified School District, was selected the winner of the contest, which was open to students within EMWD’s 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County.


EMWD Financial Strength Benefits Customers


Perris, CA (May 19, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD)’s strong financial standing and forward-thinking financial structure has provided its ratepayers with an exceptional value and helped keep costs low.


EMWD Celebrates Water Awareness Month


Perris, CA (May 10, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating Water Awareness Month throughout May by reaffirming its commitment to providing safe and reliable water service to the nearly 1 million residents served throughout western Riverside County.

Over the past year, EMWD has provided communities a safe and reliable water supply despite a global public health crisis. This commitment has been at the forefront of EMWD’s priorities throughout its 71-year history.


Joe Mouawad Selected as EMWD General Manager

Perris, CA (April 21, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) Board of Directors today selected Joe Mouawad as EMWD’s next General Manager following a nationwide search.

Mouawad has served in various leadership roles with EMWD for the past 15 years, bringing a wealth of internal experience to his new responsibility of leading California’s sixth-largest retail water agency. Mouawad is the eighth General Manager in EMWD’s 71-year history.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.