||SERVICE AREA & POPULATION:
Cities-Hemet, Murrieta, Moreno Valley, Perris, San Jacinto, Temecula and Menifee.
Unincorporated areas-French Valley, Good Hope, Homeland, Juniper Flats, Lakeview, Nuevo, Mead Valley, Murrieta Hot Springs, North Canyon Lake, Quail Valley, Romoland, Sun City, Valle Vista and Winchester.
Number of water customers: 133,000
SPECIAL FEATURES OF MEMBER AGENCY
In the early 1960s, Eastern expanded its responsibilities to include sewage and wastewater reclamation. EMWD has four operating regional reclamation plants with a combined capacity of 60 million gallons a day (mgd) and is currently treating more than 46 mgd. EMWD is one of the state’s largest marketers of recycled water for beneficial purposes including agriculture, groundwater recharge, irrigation for golf courses and school grounds, and wildlife enhancement. Currently 89% of recycled water is utilized.
In 1999, EMWD became the first public agency in California to earn the Cal/STAR designation from The California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). To keep the Cal/STAR designation, EMWD was recertified in 2007 and must apply for recertification every three years. The Cal/STAR program recognizes employers and employees whose efforts have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health practices.
In 2005, EMWD became the first public utility to earn a silver-level award from the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) and again, in 2007, after a competitive, rigorous application process, EMWD employees were honored with the distinguished silver level CAPE award. The California Council for Performance Excellence (CCE) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping California’s private companies and public sector agencies achieve world-class results. CCE assesses and recognizes organization excellence through the CAPE program based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria.
Long-term water supply development includes expanded water conservation and recycling, conjunctive use of local basins to store imported water, management plans to protect local groundwater, desalination of brackish groundwater, and improved coordination with MWD to optimize the use of available imported water supplies.