Five EMWD programs recognized with awards


Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was recently recognized with five awards, including two for the highest rank in their respective categories, for its outstanding community engagement programs.

The awards were presented by the Public Relations Society of America’s Inland Empire Chapter, which consists of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The awards signify the highest standards of performance and celebrate outstanding public relations tactics and programs.

EMWD’s Water Bottle Fill Station Program, which installs fill stations at area schools, parks and community venues, received the Polaris Award – the highest mark – in the Innovative Communication category.

EMWD’s Education Program received the Polaris Award for Community Relations. The program reaches nearly 60,000 students each year in area schools to promote water education.

EMWD’s Water Leaders Academy, which educates community members on its operations, received a Capella Award for Ongoing Special Event.

The Healthy Sewers Program received a Capella Award for Marketing Campaign and the Employee Photo Contest received a Capella Award for Photography.

The awards were independently judged by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Categories were judged based on research, planning, implementation and evaluation.

EMWD was previously recognized for community outreach, including receiving the highest score in the nation for Customer Communications in a 2018 J.D. Power Award survey for large water agencies.

EMWD is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to approximately 816,000 people living and working within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County, including parts of Canyon Lake.