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Posted on: January 24, 2022

American Heart Association recognizes Western for the fourth consecutive year

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) is proud to announce the receipt of Gold recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) 2021 Workplace Health Achievement Index (Index). This announcement recognizes the steps tak...

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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Western adopts updated drought response actions, reaffirms Stage 2 – Water Supply Alert

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, Western Municipal Water District's (Western) Board of Directors adopted an updated retail ordinance and Water Supply Contingency Plan (WSCP). Additionally, the Western Board reaffirmed the ag...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Western seeks input on updated division boundary maps based on the 2020 U.S. Census data

RIVERSIDE - During a public hearing held the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors received an update on the agency’s redistricting efforts. Westerns’ Board moved to set a seco...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Western Begins Water System Flushing in Murrieta

Starting on Monday, Dec. 31, and continuing through February 2022, Western Municipal Water District (Western) will begin flushing its water distribution system within the Murrieta service area. Water main flushing is the process of cleaning the interior o...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Western Municipal Water District recognized for excellence in financial reporting

RIVERSIDE, CA – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Western Municipal Water District (Western) for its annual comprehensive ...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Western addresses announcement of initial allocation of State Water Project supplies

drought-meter with arrow pointing to "step it up"

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the initial allocation for public water agencies in 2022 will be zero percent of contracted water supplies from the State Water Project (SWP)...

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Posted on: November 24, 2021

Western Municipal Water District secures funding to enhance service operations

Western Municipal Water District (Western) announced the receipt of $70,000 from the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects program to implement the first phase of critical improvements identified ...

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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Western Water receives $4M to enhance water reliability for March Air Reserve Base

RIVERSIDE, CA – The United States Department of Defense (DOD) recently announced that the Western Municipal Water District (Western) will be awarded $4.3 million to help build a second water connection to March Air Reserve Base (MARB) through the Groundwa...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

SoCal water provider declares drought emergency; Western customers to step up water-saving efforts

RIVERSIDE, CA – This week, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) declared a drought emergency in portions of its service area dependent on water supplies from the State Water Project, which brings water from Northern Calif...

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

Western awarded the highest level of recognition for government information technology

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Western Municipal Water District (Western) was presented with the prestigious Excellence in Information Technology (IT) Practices Award by the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC)...

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Posted on: October 21, 2021

Customers asked to “Step It Up” by decreasing outdoor watering with the changing of the season

RIVERSIDE, CA – In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proclamation issued on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to extend the drought emergency statewide to include Riverside County, Western Municipal Water District (Western) is urging customers to step up water-saving ef...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

Local water districts celebrate construction completion at regional wastewater treatment facility

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MURRIETA, CALIF., Oct. 13, 2021 – Three regional water agencies hosted a celebration event today to commemorate the recent completion of their $37 million, three-year construction project that enhances energy and operating efficiencies of the Santa Rosa W...

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Posted on: October 7, 2021

Western highlights water and wastewater workers during Water Professionals Appreciation Week

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) is pleased to highlight the essential role of water professionals and local public water agencies in providing water and wastewater services.

As part of California's fifth annual...

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Western and regional agencies partner on historic water storage program

RIVERSIDE, CA – Six regional water agencies working in conjunction with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) have reached a historic agreement to better prepare the region for future droughts and promote water use efficie...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

Western encourages emergency preparedness

Regional water provider does its part to provide reliable water service, no matter the circumstance

RIVERSIDE, CA – In observance of National Emergency Preparedness Month, Western Municipal Water District (Western) is raising awareness about the ...

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

New Director appointed to Western Municipal Water District Division 4 seat

RIVERSIDE, CA – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, appointed Laura Roughton to the Division 4 seat. Roughton was subsequently sworn in at Western Municipal Water District (Western) headquarters and joined the Co...

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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Western encourages water education through art

RIVERSIDE, CA On Wednesday, Aug. 18, the Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors recognized nine Riverside County students for their winning submissions to its annual Water is Life art contest. 

Each year,...

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Inland Empire says, “Keep It Up IE”: New partnership leads in drought status communication

drought it's back but you know what to do

RIVERSIDE, CA—As this season gears up to be one of the warmest and driest in recent memory, millions of Californians are reacquainting themselves with the trappings of summer: sunscreen, sunny mornings, and drought. 

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Posted on: July 22, 2021

New partnership formed to address Inland Empire water challenges

Riverside, CA – Four water agencies today announced the launch of a new regional partnership to increase awareness of and advocate for solutions to regional water quality and supply challenges. The Inland Empire Clean Water Partnership ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Temporary water service interruption for emergency repair work at Wood Road

Update at 7/20/2021 at 6:30 a.m.

Water service has been restored. Thank you Western customers for your patience and Western crews for working diligently to repair the leak. Residents in the area can expect to see some activity in the neighborhood in the co...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Western is prepared to supply reliable water during dry conditions

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) is assuring its customers that we are prepared to meet our regions’ water supply needs, even during prolonged dry conditions.

“Thanks to sound planning and proactive investments, Western is well-pr...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Western to welcome the public back for in-person business

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Tuesday, July 6, Western Municipal Water District (Western) will reopen its buildings to the public for in-person business and public meetings. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In observan...

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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Western announces another year of safe, reliable, high-quality water

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) announces the release of its 2020 Consumer Confidence Report, an annual water quality report required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State Water Resources Control Board (Sta...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Western Municipal Water District Board vacancy to fill by appointment

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors voted unanimously to fill a vacancy on its Board by appointment, as provided under state law.

The Western Board vacancy was left after ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Western earns highest recognition for governmental budgeting

RIVERSIDE, CA – The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada recently awarded Western Municipal Water District (Western) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2020-21 and 2021-22 Biennia...

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Posted on: June 7, 2021

Western Municipal Water District board approves rate increase to ensure system reliability

RIVERSIDE – During a public hearing on Wednesday, June 2, Western Municipal Water District’s (Western) Board of Directors, by a vote of 3 to 1, approved a 2 percent rate increase for residential water and up to a 3.9 percent rate increase for wastewater (...

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

North Well brings local water to Western Municipal Water District’s Murrieta customers

MURRIETA, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) recently completed the construction of North Well, located in Murrieta, California. North Well is a reestablished well that taps into a local groundwater basin to secure a critical water ...

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Posted on: May 19, 2021

Western commemorates Special Districts Week, celebrates National Public Works Week

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, May 19, the Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors adopted Resolution 3170 to support the statewide effort led by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) to educate California residents abou...

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Posted on: May 18, 2021

Western's secure financial standing and solid budget practices reaffirmed with AAA rating

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Friday, May 14, Fitch Ratings announced an upgrade to Western Municipal Water District’s (Western) credit rating to ‘AAA’ from ‘AA+.’ With many public agencies facing difficult...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Western Municipal Water District sets date to consider four-year water and sewer rate adjustment

RIVERSIDE - During its regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 7, the Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors heard recommendations from staff to consider a four-year adjustment to water and sewer rates and service char...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Western announces 2021 Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grant for Educators awardees

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) has awarded more than $6,000 to 11 teachers in Riverside County through the Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators (Krieger Grant) program. The program helps fund creative cl...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Western receives highest distinction in government information technology

Photos of Western's Information Technology Staff

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) was presented with the prestigious Excellence in Information Technology (IT) Practices Award by the Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC). This marks the ninth MISAC awar...

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Posted on: January 12, 2021

Western receives top recognition for water efficiency programs

RIVERSIDE, CA – The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) recently announced that Western Municipal Water District (Western) is one of only seven utilities in North America to receive recognition at the Platinum level for their exemplary water use efficienc...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Western Municipal Water District named Top Workplace

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) was named among Inland Empire’s Top Workplaces in 2020 by the Inland News Group. This is the fourth year Western has received the award. This year, Western placed 10th in the mid-size org...

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

Western and EMWD partner to enhance water reliability for March Air Reserve Base

Western’s Board President, Director Donald D. Galleano signs partnership with EMWD to enhance water

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) and Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) entered into an interagency agreement this month to partner on efforts to enhance water supply reliability for March Air Reserve Base (March A...

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Western Municipal Water District explores water and sewer rate adjustment

View of Western's Sterling Pump Station and Reservoir

RIVERSIDE - During a Special Board Meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, the Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors hosted a public rate adjustment workshop, signaling the first step of many in considering a new rate proposal. The proposed ad...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Western reassures customers they actively guard against cybersecurity threats

 RIVERSIDE, CA – On Friday, Feb. 5, Western Municipal Water District (Western) became aware of a cyberattack on a water system in Florida. Western is reassuring its wholesale and retail customers, and regional stakeholders that safety is always t...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Western Municipal Water District announces 2021 board leadership

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District’s (Western) Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Director Brenda Dennstedt to serve as the 2021 board president and Director Gracie Torres to serve as board vice president. This is the f...

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