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

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EMWD to Expand Recycled Water Infrastructure in French Valley

Installation of Phase I of the French Valley Recycled Water Pipeline was completed in 2018. Phase II work will begin this year.

Perris, CA (August 3, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) Board of Directors today approved the award of a $4.4 million contract to construct Phase II of the French Valley Recycled Water Pipeline, which will greatly expand recycled water service in the French Valley community.

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EMWD Celebrates National Water Quality Month

Perris, CA (August 1, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District is proud to celebrate National Water Quality Month throughout August by reaffirming its longstanding commitment to its customers to deliver clean and reliable tap water.

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Smart Irrigation Month Provides Opportunities for Lasting Changes

Perris, CA (July 7, 2022) — As California’s drought continues throughout the hot summer months, there has never been a more important time to practice proper irrigation techniques to maximize critical water supplies.

That is why Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating Smart Irrigation Month throughout the month of July, where we are helping to highlight the importance of efficient irrigation and proper landscape choices so customers may do their part to reduce water use now and for years to come.

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EMWD Receives $8M in Federal Funds for Trio of Key Projects

Big Pipe Infrastructure

Perris, CA (June 30, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this week received notice that approximately $8 million in federal funding is being advanced to support a trio of critical infrastructure projects that will improve groundwater quality and supply and provide safe and reliable wastewater service throughout its service area.

The Fiscal Year 2023 Interior-EPA Appropriations Bill released last week will help fund those projects through the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Tribal Assistance Grants Program.

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EMWD Dedicates Third Desalination Facility

Several people gathering to turn on a large water valve.

Perris, CA (June 23, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today celebrated the opening of its new groundwater desalination facility, which will provide additional local water supply reliability to its service area for future generations.

The Perris II Desalination Facility is EMWD’s third groundwater desalter and will provide enough water for more than 15,000 households each year through its reverse osmosis treatment process. The facility is located in Menifee, adjacent to the existing Menifee I and Perris I desalters.

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EMWD Publishes Annual Water Quality Report

Consumer Confidence Report book cover

Perris, CA (June 15, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has released its annual Consumer Confidence Report, which provides science-based information about EMWD’s water quality and sources from the 2021 calendar year.

EMWD has again met and surpassed all state and federal drinking water standards set forth by the State Water Resources Control Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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Riverside County Provides ARPA Funding for Trio of EMWD Projects

View through a large water pipe.

Perris, CA (May 23, 2022) — The Riverside County Board of Supervisors recently approved more than $10.5 million in federal funding for three Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) projects that will improve water and wastewater services in the region.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the funding expenditure, which was backed by County Supervisor Chuck Washington. All three projects are in District 3, which Washington represents.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will help support the following projects by EMWD:

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EMWD Celebrates Drinking Water Week with High-Quality Water Supplies

Two young children drinking water and giving the thumbs up sign.

Perris, CA (May 4, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating Drinking Water Week by celebrating its most vital service: Delivering safe and reliable drinking water to nearly one million people in its service area.

Drinking Water Week was created by the American Water Works Association to highlight the importance of clean and reliable water service throughout the country.

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EMWD Celebrates Water Awareness Month

Dam and water retention infrastructure.

Perris, CA (May 3, 2022) — With California facing historic drought conditions, there has never been a more important time to appreciate our water supplies.

Throughout May, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is highlighting the role that water plays within our community and our access to a safe and reliable water supply, while also working to educate its customers about the importance of using water efficiently.

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EMWD Statement on MWD Drought Actions

Bridge over partially filled reservoir.

Perris, CA (April 27, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) would like to recognize the courageous and necessary steps taken this week by the Board of Directors for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to implement mandatory conservation measures in response to rapidly worsening drought conditions throughout California and the western United States.

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April Provides Opportunity to Spruce Up Your Garden

Garden with greenery and succulents.

Perris, CA (April 13, 2022) — April is National Garden Month, and Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) would like to help you be more efficient in your garden.

With spring in full bloom and the planting season officially here, it is a great time to plant water-wise landscaping, update your irrigation system to be more efficient, and check for leaks to ensure that your plants and your wallet are thriving.

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Being Prepared is Key During a Disaster

Materials for a safety first aid kit.

Perris, CA (April 5, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages you to be ready in the event of a disaster.

April is national Earthquake Preparedness Month and a great time to update the earthquake kit in your home or business to be better prepared in the event of a temporary and unavoidable water service outage because of a natural disaster.

Earthquake kits should have two gallons of water per person, per day, with a three day supply on hand. Pet owners should also keep additional water available for their animals.

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Regional Landscape Contest Accepting Entries Starting April 1

Beautiful landscaped garden.

Perris, CA (March 30, 2022) — Do you have a beautiful, water-efficient landscape that is the envy of your neighborhood? If so, it may be award-winning.

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) customers who have shown a commitment to drought-tolerant landscaping are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Inland Empire Landscape Contest, which is accepting applications from April 1 through May 17, 2022.

The contest is hosted by regional water suppliers and cities across the Inland Empire area, including the area served by EMWD.

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EMWD Receives Federal Funding Boost for Local Projects

EMWD Main Office entrance with clouds and rainbow behind.

Perris, CA (March 23, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received $3.5 million in federal funding for two projects that will improve services in economically disadvantaged communities thanks in large part to two local congressional representatives.

The recently signed into law FY 2022 omnibus appropriations bill provided two United States Environmental Protection Agency State and Tribal Assistance Grants to EMWD for water and wastewater services.

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EMWD Celebrates World Water Day

World Water Day logo.

Perris, CA (March 22, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating World Water Day today by highlighting its investments in groundwater that will help provide for our region’s future.

World Water Day was established in 1993 and is observed annually by the United Nations to raise awareness of the 2 billion people globally without access to safe water.

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EMWD Banners Highlight Commitments to Recycled Water

A sign on a fence promoting the use of recycled water.

Perris, CA (March 21, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is highlighting the commitment to responsible water use by its recycled water customers during California’s ongoing drought.

This month, EMWD began installing banners in the community at prominent sites that use recycled water, including schools, parks and at agricultural farms throughout its service area.

The banners promote recycled water being used and include the phrase “The right water for the right use.” EMWD conducted a similar campaign during California’s previous drought.

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Fix A Leak Week Offers Chance for Water, Cost Savings

A plumber installing a toilet.

Perris, CA (March 14, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages customers to check their homes and landscape irrigation systems during National Fix A Leak Week from March 14-20, 2022.

The annual week was established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote the importance of fixing leaks in order to help save water. The EPA estimates that household leaks can waste nearly one trillion gallons of water annually across the nation.

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EMWD Honored for Innovative Work in Recycled Water

Five executives standing side by side showing an award.

Perris, CA (March 8, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was honored today by the national WateReuse Association with its Transformational Innovation Award for EMWD’s work in helping to pilot test a technology to reduce salts in recycled water.

EMWD was recognized at the WateReuse National Conference in San Antonio, Tex., where it received the award for its Closed Circuit Reverse Osmosis (CCRO) pilot project.

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Investments in Groundwater Shape EMWD’s Water Supply Future

Water processing pond with water flowing upward.

Perris, CA (March 4, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is looking to the future by looking underground.

As part of its commitment to provide long-term water supply reliability to its growing communities, EMWD is expanding investments in local groundwater supplies through its Groundwater Reliability Plus program that will shape the way it provides service moving forward.

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EMWD Debuts Webcam at Wetlands Birding Facility

Water, brush and mountains at the San Jacinto Wetlands.

Perris, CA (February 23, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has installed a webcam at its San Jacinto Wetlands, which will allow viewers a real time look at the more than 120 species of birds that call the facility their home.