EMWD Honored for Energy Efficiency Efforts

The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison have honored Eastern Municipal Water District with the Cool Planet Award, it was announced this week.


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In recognition of its ongoing energy conservation efforts, The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison have honored Eastern Municipal Water District with the Cool Planet Award, it was announced this week.

EMWD was honored in the water and wastewater sector and was one of four organizations to be presented with the Cool Planet Award.

“Our energy conservation efforts are not about winning awards, but are aimed at doing the right thing to protect our ratepayers and our environment,” EMWD Board of Directors President Joseph Kuebler said. “That being said, we take great pride in the recognition we receive for doing the right thing.

“We are extremely grateful and appreciative of this honor and will continue to pursue all conservation efforts so that we can continue to reduce our impact on the environment for years to come.”

Over the past several years, EMWD has implemented a number of programs aimed at reducing its energy usage and carbon footprint.

EMWD is nearing completion on its Energy Management Reporting System that will compare and report energy use per acre foot of water delivered through its 80-plus pumping facilities and water treatment plants.

The system will allow EMWD to be proactive in its maintenance and identify energy inefficiencies which can be improved.

EMWD has organized and implemented several environmental projects and in 2010 the agency received a Clean Air Award for Advancement of Clean Technology from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

In 2009, GPS units were installed in all EMWD fleet vehicles, resulting in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 598 tons from March 2010 through April 2012. An employee carpool program has helped reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 116 tons during the 2011 calendar year.

“We are extremely proud to be presented with this honor,” said Dan Howell, EMWD’s Director of Purchasing and Contracts, who also oversees a majority of the District’s energy efficiency efforts.

“EMWD is fully committed to energy conservation and doing our part to protect the environment.”



Candi Oliver October 29, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I have never in my life lived in an area where water is so expensive and smells so bad. I lived in Temecula and my water did not cost this much. There are three adults, one that is disabled we all take a shower every day and have a load of wash every day, sometimes two. My sprinkler system runs 2 to 4 minutes every day and my bill 2 months ago was 245.00. When they make a mistake reading your bill they charge you for abuse, however, when they make a mistake you better remind them of that charge for abuse or they do not take it off. I have neighbors that cannot afford to water their lawns. Why is water so expensive through EMWD?
Alvin Skilpad October 29, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The new environmental book, Green Illusions, shows the importance of addressing energy conservation as a first step in combating our broader energy and environmental challenges. The author argues that energy conservation is a better project to pursue than new energy technologies, which have many negative side effects and limitations. Parts of this book have been censored in the U.S. Here's a read on this: http://www.windwiseradio.org/tag/green-illusions/
Galactic Cannibal October 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Candi Oliver. Drill a well it will cost you around $25,000. But then you will have delicious water , Its hard , full calcium and a million years aged. My well is bored down to 498 feet, and water was found at 125 feet. But at 498 feet they found more water. We don't need EMWD, who use chemicals to process the water they supply. You could always add a shot of Irish Whisky to your water when you drink it. GC
Candi Oliver October 29, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Sounds like a great idea GC but as senior citizens we live on a fixed income and at this time are not able to afford to drill a well. It is nice that you assume we have $25,000.00, to do this little project.


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