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November 2009

Eastern Municipal Water District Partners with Schools to Install Water Efficient Devices

Eastern Municipal Water District was recently successful in obtaining a $300,000 CALFED Water Use Efficiency grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for a Public School Retrofit Program. The money will be used to install water efficient retrofit devices, replacing old, inefficient devices.

Eastern Municipal Water District

The district identified schools built before 1992 as potential recipients of the funding. In October, EMWD offered the program to 11 schools, representing one in each school district served by Eastern. Already, eight schools are participating. Each school participated in a survey and water audit to determine which devices needed replacement. A review of the audits has determined that approximately 670 water-wasting devices needed to be replaced, estimated to save more than 400 acre feet of water over the lifetime of the products. Installation of the replacement devices will occur over the next several months and should be completed by early next spring.

"Partnering with school districts to conserve water not only saves schools money, but also provides examples of water-use efficiency to students on a daily basis," said EMWD board member Randy Record, who is also the representative on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board of directors.

By participating in this program, schools will reduce their water consumption. The reduction also helps reduce demand on the State Water Project and lessens the impact on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The State Water Project is supplied by water that flows through the Delta. Using less water reduces the demand for water from the Delta.

This CALFED Water Efficiency grant funds agricultural and urban projects that focus on improving the Delta’s ecosystem, water supply reliability and water quality or help reduce Southern California’s dependence on water from the Delta. “During this prolonged period of drought and increasing environmental pressures on the Delta system, EMWD’s Public School Retrofit Program is a great example of how local partnerships can help make a difference statewide,” said Deb Whitney, water conservation specialist for the Bureau of Reclamation. “Innovative programs such as EMWD’s set the example for others to follow.”

The Bureau of Reclamation’s grant funding will be supported with funding from EMWD’s Special Projects budget and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s rebate program for water-efficient devices to boost the total cost of the program to $670,000.

For more information about Eastern’s conservation programs, visit: or call EMWD’s district office at (951) 928-3777, ext. 4221.

EMWD is the freshwater, wastewater service and recycled water provider to a 542-square mile area from Moreno Valley southward along the I-215 corridor to Temecula and eastward to Hemet and San Jacinto. Approximately 687,000 people live and work in this area. In addition to its own water customers, EMWD supplements water to eight local water agencies and municipalities that have their own water departments. EMWD operates four water reclamation facilities and treats some 46 million gallons of wastewater daily. More information can be found at EMWD's web site

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Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
700 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012