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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.

EMWD’s award application highlighted its investments in energy generation and recovery programs and projects, including its solar voltaic production systems. EMWD’s investments in solar energy help save its ratepayers millions of dollars each year and provide approximately half the power used by EMWD each year.

The Utility of the Future Today program was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Research Foundation and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EMWD was recognized with the award in 2020 for its Recycled Water Accelerated Retrofit Program, which assists customers – including other public agencies – retrofit potable water landscape areas to recycled water.

“EMWD is honored to again be recognized as a forward-thinking utility,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “We are proud of the investments we have made in renewable energy sources that have helped save our ratepayers millions of dollars each year. We thank the organization for this award recognizing our commitment our customers.”

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Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater and recycled water service provider to nearly one million people living and working within a 558-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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