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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

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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.

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EMWD Board to Vote on Updated Division Boundaries

EMWD Main Office entrance with clouds and rainbow behind.

Perris, CA (February 8, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is encouraging customers to take part in its process to establish updated boundaries for its Board of Directors divisions.

EMWD will host its second public hearing to consider updated boundaries during its Board Meeting on February 16, 2022. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at EMWD’s Board Room, located at 2270 Trumble Road in Perris.

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EMWD Receives $4.5M Funding Authorization for Desalination Program

Desalination equipment stacked in a warehouse.

Perris, CA (January 27, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) this month was awarded nearly $4.5 million by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to further expand EMWD’s groundwater desalination infrastructure.

EMWD has long been one of the most successful agencies in the nation at working with state and federal funding partners to secure external funding opportunities, helping to reduce the cost of infrastructure construction that would otherwise be paid for by customers.

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EMWD Honors Congressman Takano with Water Champion Award

Water champion award winner holding certificate.

Perris, CA (January 19, 2022) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) today honored Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) with its Water Champion Award.

The EMWD Water Champion Award is presented to an individual who shows exemplary service in helping EMWD achieve its mission 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 service.

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EMWD Statement on SWRCB Regulations

EMWD Main Office entrance with clouds and rainbow behind.

Perris, CA (January 12, 2022) — The following is a statement from Eastern Municipal Water District Board President Phil Paule regarding the recent water waste regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board:

“Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) adopted emergency regulations addressing wasteful water use practices amidst continuing drought conditions. The regulations prohibit overwatering yards, washing cars without a shutoff nozzle, hosing down sidewalks or watering grass within 48 hours after rainfall.

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EMWD Posts Unclaimed Money List

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Perris, CA (January 5, 2022) — Current and former customers of Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) may be entitled to unclaimed money. Each year, EMWD posts a list of unclaimed monies, which are typically refunds associated with the closing of water accounts, water efficiency rebates or other fees.

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EMWD Customers Urged to Perform Due Diligence on Insurance Advertisements

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Perris, CA (December 28, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is advising customers to do their due diligence if they are contacted by a private company offering water line insurance.

While some companies may be fully licensed and reputable, others attempting to sell the insurance may seek to take advantage of residents, particularly seniors, by using scare tactics in their advertising efforts. Some of these companies include language in their policies that make it extremely difficult for homeowners to collect on a claim.

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San Jacinto Student Honored for Water Artwork

Children's artwork

Perris, CA (December 16, 2021) — A San Jacinto student has been selected to have their artwork featured in a calendar promoting the importance of safe and reliable water supplies.

Aiden Chavez, a student at De Anza Elementary School in the San Jacinto Unified School District, was honored earlier this month by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) as part of their annual “Water is Life” poster contest.

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EMWD Achieves AAA Credit Rating

EMWD Main Office entrance with clouds and rainbow behind.

Perris, CA (November 30, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has achieved a AAA credit rating by Fitch, one of the three major rating agencies, as part of its continued commitment to being strong financial stewards of public funds.

The AAA rating provides direct benefits to customers by helping EMWD secure low interest rates, which provide long-term cost savings to customers when funding infrastructure needed to provide safe and reliable water, wastewater and recycled water services.