EMWD is updating division maps based on the 2020 U.S. Census Data
Under the provisions of the Municipal Water District Law of 1911, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is required to adjust the boundaries of its five Directors’ divisions such that each division will have as near to equal population as practicable once the results of the 2020 Census are released. The requirement for this adjustment is outlined in Division 20, Part 4, Chapter 6 of the California Water Code, and Division 21, Chapter 8, Section 22000 of the California Elections Code. This process will not impact the term of current directors.
Why does EMWD need to redistrict?
Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, California requires that boundaries for the board of director be redrawn so that each division is similarly equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring each elected board member represents about the same number of constituents. Redistricting determines what neighborhoods and communities are grouped into an EMWD division to elect their respective board members. Your input is important in creating a redistricting plan that provides fair and effective representation for everyone.
What is Redistricting?
EMWD has initiated the process to realign its Board Director divisions in response to population data from the 2020 census.
As a government-authorized Special District, EMWD provides service to nearly 900,000 customers across a 558-square mile service area that stretches from Moreno Valley to Temecula, and from the San Jacinto Valley to the Mead Valley area. Each division should represent approximately 174,000 people.
Every 10 years, the board director division boundaries are adjusted to help ensure equal representation across the five divisions. EMWD’s service area population has grown by approximately 15 percent since the 2010 census, however not all divisions have grown proportionately.
Adjustments to division boundaries should help create divisions that are equal in population as far as practicable and may also factor in topography and geography; keeping communities of interest together; and cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory. EMWD staff have created three proposals that the Board will consider. All involve only minor adjustments to division boundaries.
Why should I get involved?
You know your community and neighborhood. Your voice is important to help us make informed decisions about where to draw district lines. Keeping communities of interest together in the same district can help achieve more responsive representation.
How can I get involved?
The purpose of the December 15, 2021 public hearing was to review options for updating the division boundaries and to select a final configuration. Once the selection has been made, a legal description of the updated division boundaries will be prepared and adopted by the Board via resolution in a second public hearing (expected to take place in February 2022). Once completed, the division boundaries will be submitted to Riverside County. This process is currently on track to be completed ahead of the April 17, 2022 deadline.
Notice of Public Hearing:
The first public hearing was held on December 15, 2021.
The second public hearing will be held in February 2022. Public Notice will be posted here.
Adjustments to the Eastern Municipal Water District’s Division
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Eastern Municipal Water District will conduct a public hearing on December 15, 2021 at 9 A.M. at 2270 Trumble Road, Perris, California, at which time the Board of Directors will receive a report and allow public comment on the process by which EMWD’s division boundaries will be adjusted pursuant to the Municipal Water District Law of 1911. Comments received from the Board of Directors and the public will be considered and the adoption of the revised division boundaries will occur at a subsequent public hearing, which will be scheduled at a later date.
The Board anticipates acting at the close of the second public hearing in February to select a preferred director division plan for final adoption by the Board.
The presentation from the December 15, 2021, Public Meeting:
Proposed Redistricting Map