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

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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.

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EMWD Protects Water Quality Through PFAS Remediation Efforts

Perris, CA (August 15, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been at the forefront of efforts to protect its customers from PFAS in groundwater supplies and has worked diligently with its partners from the federal government to find solutions and continue to bring safe and reliable service to its customers.

PFAS are per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, which are a class of chemicals resistant to heat, water and oil that have been used in consumer products. These chemicals are often found throughout the environment and pose a public health risk.

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EMWD Celebrates Sustainability During National Water Quality Month

Perris, CA (August 2, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating National Water Quality Month throughout August by delivering safe and reliable water to its customers while working to protect our groundwater basins for the long-term benefit of our water supplies.

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EMWD Increases Funding for Turf Removal Program

Perris, CA (July 10, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has increased funding available for its turf removal program to $4 per square foot, the highest total it has offered in assisting customers with landscape transformations.

The $4 per square foot is an increase of $1 per square foot and is in partnership with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan). EMWD’s share of the program is now $2 and Metropolitan’s share remains at $2 for the total of $4.

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Riverside County Approves Additional $4.5M in ARPA Funding for EMWD Projects

Perris, CA (July 7, 2023) —Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received funding support from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to help advance three infrastructure projects that will improve water supply reliability in the region.

The funding was backed by Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor Yxstain Gutierrez, who represents the San Jacinto Valley, where all three projects are located.

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

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Enjoy a Glass of EMWD Tap Water for National Hydration Day


Perris, CA (June 23, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) encourages its customers to celebrate National Hydration Day by enjoying a delicious glass of high-quality tap water, at a fraction of the price of bottled water.

National Hydration Day takes place each year on June 23 as a reminder to remain hydrated to avoid dehydration, heat stroke and other heat-related issues.

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EMWD Tap Water Safety Highlighted in 2022 Water Quality Report

Perris, CA (June 19, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has released its annual 2022 Consumer Confidence Report, which provides customers with science-based information about EMWD’s water quality and sources.

The report provides information about the 2022 calendar year. Public water agencies are required to publish the report by July 1 each year.

EMWD once again met and surpassed all federal and state drinking water standards that are established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and State Water Resources Control Board.

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EMWD Honored by CAPIO for Media Relations Efforts

Perris, CA (May 16, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District was honored this month for its outstanding media relations efforts by the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO).

EMWD was recognized with CAPIO’s Award of Distinction in the Media Event category for its Perris II Desalter Dedication event, hosted in June 2022. In conjunction with the ceremonial valve-turning to commission EMWD’s new desalination facility, EMWD hosted television, radio, print and online media entities to help educate the public about the new water supply source.

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EMWD Celebrates Drinking Water Week With Commitment to Quality

Perris, CA (May 8, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is proud to celebrate National Drinking Water Week by encouraging its customers to enjoy a glass of safe and reliable high-quality tap water.

National Drinking Water Week was established by the American Water Works Association to highlight the commitment water agencies throughout the nation make to delivering clean drinking water. The celebratory week takes place each year in May, which is also Water Awareness Month.

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EMWD Minimizes Inflationary Impacts In Proposed Rate Adjustments

Perris, CA (May 5, 2023) — As part of its longstanding commitment to deliver exceptional value to its customers, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has taken significant steps to reduce the financial impacts of record-setting inflation on its customers.

EMWD is among the leading agencies nationally in finding cost-effective solutions to deliver safe and reliable water and wastewater services to its customers that reduce the financial burden on its ratepayers.

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EMWD Celebrates Water Awareness Month

Perris, CA (May 1, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is celebrating Water Awareness Month throughout the month of May with its commitment to bring customers cost-effective water supplies while promoting sustainability.

For more than seven decades, EMWD has been steadfast in its commitment to managing our region’s water supply resources with a focus on efficiency.

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EMWD Relaxes Drought Water Use Regulations

Perris, CA (April 19, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District today announced it is moving into Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan after record-setting rain and snowfall throughout the state this winter helped reverse California’s historic drought conditions.

EMWD had been in Stage 3a of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan since November 2021. In Stage 3a, EMWD suspended variances for filling swimming pools and establishing new landscaping, and asked customers for a voluntary 25 percent reduction in water use.


EMWD Vice President Corona Elected as LAFCO Commissioner

Perris, CA (March 30, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District Vice President Stephen J. Corona this week was elected to the Board of Commissioners for the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for the western district of Riverside County.

Corona joins the seven-member LAFCO Board as a Special District representative. The LAFCO Board includes two Riverside County Supervisors, two City Council representatives, two special district representatives, and a member of the public.

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EMWD Celebrates World Water Day

Perris, CA (March 22, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District is encouraging its customers to take a moment today to commit to water use efficiency as part of the United Nations’ World Water Day.

World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 each year and is part of the United Nations’ efforts to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, responsible water use, and sanitation issues that help promote public health and sustainability.

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EMWD Releases Annual Report Highlighting Organizational Successes

Perris, CA (March 15, 2023) — Eastern Municipal Water District today released its first-ever annual report, highlighting its 2022 accomplishments in providing services to its nearly 1 million customers throughout western Riverside County.

The 2022 Year In Review provides EMWD customers and stakeholders a look at the highlights from a year in which EMWD achieved historical milestones in its nearly 75-year commitment to deliver safe, environmentally sustainable and industry-leading services to the nearly 1 million customers who depend on it.

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Even With Rains, EMWD Encourages Efficiency During Ongoing Drought

Perris, CA (March 13, 2023) — With California seeing record snowfall and precipitation this winter, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants to remind customers that using water wisely needs to be a way of life, regardless of weather patterns.

California is still in a years-long drought that has impacted both surface and groundwater supplies. The plentiful winter storms are a boon to the state’s reservoirs and snowpack, but drought conditions are still impacting many of our water supply sources.

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EMWD’s Honored With WateReuse Award for Excellence

Perris, CA (March 7, 2023) — Yesterday, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was honored by the national WateReuse Association with its Award for Excellence for its innovative recycled water retrofit and landscape transformation at The Lakes at Hemet West community.

EMWD received the award at the WateReuse Symposium in Atlanta. The awards recognize individuals and projects that have made significant contributions in support of greater adoption of recycled water usage.