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This is the place to find the latest news releases from EMWD. 

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EMWD Secures Congressional Funding for Area Water Supply Projects

Perris, CA (April 5, 2024) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has secured federal funding for four major projects that will help provide greater water supply reliability to its service area in the coming years.

The funding comes from earmarks established in the Fiscal Year 2024 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was signed into law on March 9, 2024.

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EMWD Customers Benefit From Financial Strength Backed By Upgraded Ratings

Perris, CA (March 28, 2024) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been assigned an Aa1 rating by Moody’s Investors Service, marking the second time in a week that a major rating agency has upgraded EMWD’s financial outlook.

EMWD had previously been assigned an Aa2 rating by Moody’s. The rating upgrade applies to approximately $346 million in outstanding obligations rated by Moody’s.

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EMWD Upgraded to AAA Credit Rating

Perris, CA (March 20, 2024) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD)’s commitment to financial excellence has been recognized when it received another AAA credit rating this week by one of the major rating agencies.

S&P Global Ratings (S&P), one of the three major rating agencies, raised EMWD’s long-term rating on water and wastewater revenue bonds to AAA from AA+. S&P also assigned its AAA/A-1 rating to EMWD’s Series 2024A refunding water and wastewater revenue bonds.

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EMWD Receives National Honor for Recycled Water Outreach Program

Perris, CA (March 18, 2024) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) received national recognition for its recycled water outreach and education program when it was presented with the Award of Excellence from the WateReuse Association.

This marks the third consecutive year that EMWD has received a national Award of Excellence from WateReuse, a professional organization which advocates for the advancing of laws, policies and funding to increase the use of recycled water.

The award was presented at the 2024 WateReuse Symposium in Denver.

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EMWD Tap Water Wins Multi-State Taste Test

Perris, CA (March 8, 2024) — Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) tap water is not only safe and reliable, but it is also award-winning.

EMWD was recently selected as the best-tasting tap water at the recent Multi-State Salinity Coalition conference in Denver, where it beat out competitors from a total of five states.

EMWD bested entrants from Texas, Maryland, Montana and Colorado for the top honors.

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EMWD Awarded for Desalination Program Leadership

Perris, CA (February 9, 2024) — Eastern Municipal Water District was recognized this week by CalDesal with its inaugural Institutional Achievement Award for its efforts to promote water desalination as a safe, sustainable and reliable water supply source.

Cal Desal is an industry organization committed to advancing ocean and groundwater desalination as a viable resource to ensure a sustainable water future for communities throughout California.

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EMWD Celebrates World Wetlands Day

Perris, CA (February 2, 2024) — As part of its ongoing commitment to being a partner to the environment, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is proud to celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2.

EMWD operates a man-made Wetlands facility at its San Jacinto Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility. The facility hosts public birding tours and is the home to EMWD’s nationally-recognized education program, which hosts regular field trips at the facility for students in EMWD’s service area.

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I Spy: A Water Saving Piece of Art

Perris, CA (December 27, 2023) — A local elementary school student knows the importance of doing investigative work to find a water-wasting leak.

Brixton Rael, a third-grader at Calvary Chapel School in Moreno Valley, was recently honored by having his artwork included in the annual 2024 “Being Water Wise Is…” calendar, presented by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member agencies, including Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD).

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Collaborative Approach Among Four Public Agencies Ensures Sustainability for Groundwater Supplies

Perris, CA (December 19, 2023) — For the past decade, the Hemet-San Jacinto Watermaster has been a critical administrator of a regional effort to create long-term groundwater sustainability throughout the San Jacinto Valley.

The Watermaster is comprised of representatives from the four public agencies that rely on the San Jacinto Groundwater Basin – Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), Lake Hemet Municipal Water District (Lake Hemet), and the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto. Private groundwater producers are also represented on its Board of Directors.

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EMWD is Flush With Excitement for World Toilet Day

Perris, CA (November 16, 2023) — Have you thanked your toilet yet today?

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating World Toilet Day on November 19 by showing its appreciation to the role the porcelain thrones play in protecting public and environmental health throughout not only our service area, but the world.

EMWD operates the region’s wastewater collection system and treats nearly 46 million gallons of wastewater each day. And a portion of that originates at hundreds of thousands of toilets throughout EMWD’s service area.

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EMWD Launches Fats, Oils and Grease Social Media Campaign
Keeping the sewer system working involves knowing what to put down the drain and what not to.

Perris, CA (November 15, 2023) — As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season – a time for relaxation, family, and lots of food preparation – Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants customers to know the proper way to dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), because dumping it down their garbage disposal is not a solution.

Throughout November, EMWD is educating its customers on how they can help maintain a healthy sewer system on its various social media platforms, which can be found respectively @easternmuni.

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EMWD Honored for Creative Outreach Programs

Perris, CA (November 13, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this month was recognized for its innovative approach to communicating with its customers, stakeholders and employees by the Public Relations Society of America’s Inland Empire chapter.

EMWD received three awards at the organization’s annual awards ceremony on November 2, 2023. The Inland Empire chapter includes Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and the awards highlight the highest standards of performance for public relations tactics and programs.

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EMWD Honored for Innovative Recycled Water Program

Perris, CA (November 2, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a “Utility of the Future, Today” for its innovative approach toward providing services to its customers.

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Water Professionals Week Celebrates Unsung Heroes

Perris, CA (October 12, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is proud to celebrate Water Professionals Appreciation Week, which highlights the dedicated individuals that work to bring safe and reliable water services to our customers every day.

Water Professionals Appreciation Week was established to highlight the often unsung work of water professionals. The celebratory week runs from October 7-15, 2023.

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Water Industry Careers Highlighted by Student Write Off Contest Winners

Perris, CA (September 28, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District has announced the winners for its annual Write Off contest, in which area students write and illustrate a book that will be incorporated into classroom curriculum as part of EMWD’s education programs.

This year, students were asked to create activity sheets that be included in the “Careers in Water Activity Book.” The program is designed to expose students to water industry career opportunities.

The annual Write Off contest is hosted in partnership with Rancho California Water District.

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EMWD Highlights Future-Focused Investments During State of The District

Perris, CA (September 27, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) hosted its State of the District event today, providing its key stakeholders with the organization’s vision for providing safe, reliable and cost-effective services for the future.

As part of its nearly 75-year commitment to serving the community, EMWD has focused on a diverse water supply portfolio and environmentally sustainable investments that can deliver around-the-clock services to the nearly 1 million people who live and work within its 558-square mile service area.

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Don’t Forget That Reusable Bottle With Back To School Supplies

Perris, CA (September 12, 2023) — With students back in school for the new academic year, Eastern Municipal Water District wants to remind parents to include a reusable water bottle as part of their child’s daily school supplies.

EMWD has water bottle fill stations at nearly every school in its service area, where students may easily refill their bottles with free and safe drinking water. EMWD is proud to partner with its area school districts to provide water bottle fill stations on campus.

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EMWD Recognized for Procurement Excellence

Perris, CA (September 1, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized by the National Procurement Institute with its 2023 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award.

The honor goes to agencies that embrace innovation, professionalism, productivity, leadership and e-procurement.

EMWD was one of 194 agencies recognized across the United States and Canada and was one of 25 special districts that received the honor.

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EMWD Recognized for Financial Reporting

Perris, CA (August 17, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) for the 19th consecutive year has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with its Excellence in Financial Reporting award.

The award recognizes EMWD for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022.

The GFOA is a nonprofit organization for government finance professionals that promotes transparency by its 21,000 members.