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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.

The latest book is part of the annual “Write Off” contest presented by EMWD and Rancho California Water District (Rancho Water). It is authored and illustrated by Alya Eleter and Jane Le, both of whom are students in Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School in the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Frog and Turtle learn about how EMWD and Rancho Water supply water to their customers. Much of that water flows in from hundreds of miles away through the State Water Project and Colorado River Aqueduct.

Once Frog and Turtle learn this, they start to appreciate their water supplies even more and spread the word to their friends about the importance of using water wisely.

“EMWD is proud to continue our education program’s successful series of books to educate our youngest customers about where their water comes from, and where it goes,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “We hope that both children and adults will enjoy the journey of Frog and Turtle as they learn more about their water supplies.”

The book is one of nearly 20 that have been written and illustrated by local middle school students as part of EMWD’s and Rancho Water’s award-winning education programs. The books are incorporated into grade-appropriate curriculum that is used in classroom education programs for nearly a dozen school districts in EMWD’s service area. They are also offered to local libraries for distribution through various events at the library.

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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.” More information can be found at