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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.

For many customers, the quickest way to reduce water use is through more efficient irrigation practices and simple changes that can help eliminate water waste. Outdoor irrigation accounts for more than half of a household’s water use. Regular system maintenance, equipment upgrades and following best practices can result in much more efficient irrigation which can help customers lower their monthly bills.

As part of Smart Irrigation Month, EMWD would like to offer these helpful tips for customers:

  • Customers should check irrigation systems for any leaks at least once per month. This can help identify small problems – such as a broken sprinkler head – before they become larger issues resulting in high bills and significant water waste.
  • Irrigation systems should run between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. This will help reduce evaporation and overspray from winds and provide plants with the water needed throughout the day.
  • Drip systems that target the root zone of plants are a great way to be more efficient in planter beds and will reduce waste.
  • EMWD offers rebate programs on smart irrigation controllers that will automatically adjust daily irrigation times based on weather patterns. Information on the programs is available at
  • In the coming weeks, EMWD is also launching its new Landscapes for Living program, which is a groundbreaking new program to assist customers in creating more efficient landscapes.

EMWD also supports smart irrigation by using recycled water, which helps conserve drinking water resources. EMWD provides recycled water service to approximately 10,000 acres of agriculture and dozens of parks and schools throughout its service area, many of which use state-of-the-art irrigation systems.

“EMWD is proud to offer our customers a wide variety of programs and resources they can easily access to become more efficient in their outdoor irrigation practices,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “These program can help our customers use water as efficiently as possible through smart irrigation practices.”

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Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to nearly one million people living and working within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency, and its mission is “To deliver value to our diverse customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.”
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