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EMWD Honored as Forward-Thinking Utility
Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has been recognized with the 2021 Utility of the Future Today award for its commitment to a sustainable clean energy portfolio, marking the second consecutive year it has earned the honor. EMWD’s award application highlighted its investments in energy generation and recovery programs and projects, including its solar voltaic production systems. “EMWD is honored to again be recognized as a forward-thinking utility,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “We are proud of the investments we have made in renewable energy sources that have helped save our ratepayers millions of dollars each year. We thank the organization (NACWA) for this award recognizing our commitment our customers.” Read more in the press release.


West County Wastewater Paves the Way for Progress
At West County Wastewater (WCW), inclusiveness and diversity drive daily operations, and they know diversity is vital to an innovative and resilient workplace and community. WCW embraces the ideas that each employee brings to the table and recognizes that diversity brings innovation. That’s why they are dedicated to advocating for empowerment and equality, including growing the number of women working in the water and wastewater world.

Over the past few years, WCW has increased their workforce of women significantly, with many filling leadership roles and plant operator positions. By normalizing women in the wastewater industry, paving the way forward, advocating for inclusion and providing a family-friendly work environment, they open doors for those who may not otherwise pursue a wastewater career.

Read more in WCW’s newsletter The Lateral.