Imagine A Day Without WaterOctober 14, 2019As Southern Californians, we all know not to take water for granted.
We are all acutely aware how recurring droughts, dependence on imported water and climate variation all affect the availability of water locally and throughout the state.
But try to envision a day when water didn’t just flow from our faucets.
That’s the vision behind the fifth annual nationwide “Imagine A Day Without Water” on Wednesday, October 23. This day of action by The Value of Water Campaign reminds us just how much we depend on water in our everyday lives, and what it would be like if our instantaneous access to water suddenly vanished.
Our ability to enjoy a glass of water, bathe, flush our toilets, cook, irrigate our lawns and many other daily activities all rely on complex water and wastewater systems that store and transport the water we use.
The communities served by Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) depend on our local water services every day. EMWD has always worked to protect the local groundwater – our lowest cost supply – to help meet the needs of our residential, commercial and agricultural customers.
To that end, EMWD recycles 100 percent of our wastewater for sustainable reuse for irrigation,
agriculture and industry, which reduces the need for imported water and the demand on local
groundwater. EMWD encourages our customers to use water as efficiently as possible, and our healthy sewers program helps ensure wastewater can be recycled.
Collectively, these efforts are part of EMWD’s Groundwater Reliability Plus program to improve the quality and quantity of water in our local groundwater basins.
This program includes our Water Banking project which helps replenish groundwater basins by storing water during normal and wet years for future use. EMWD is constructing new water banking facilities including replenishment basins, pipelines and wells. Our Purified Water Replenishment will help replenish groundwater by purifying recycled water through proven microfiltration and reverse osmosis processes. The purified water will be blended with recycled water in replenishment ponds where it will be cleansed by the natural filtration process before being pumped and cleaned a final time before use.
As we all ponder how we would cope with a day without water, you can rest assured that EMWD remains focused on the future. We continue to invest in environmentally sustainable projects to benefit our customers and ensure long-term local water reliability.
Philip E. Paule
EMWD Board Vice President