Lake Elsinore, CA –Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) was named Large Business of the Year by the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce at its annual installation dinner last Saturday. The recognition included nods to EVMWD’s service, community involvement and response during the Holy Fire.
“EVMWD was part of an effort, along with other lead agencies, that responded with outreach during the Holy Fire,” said Kim Joseph Cousins, President/CEO of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce. “With dedication and an understanding of the devastating impact the Holy Fire and subsequent Holy Fire Floods, EVMWD assisted in a time of need.”
While continuing to ensure water supplies and service during the blaze, EVMWD offered mutual aid assistance to the City of Lake Elsinore. Over the course of the fire and floods, crews assisted with debris removal, traffic control, and clearing mud from storm drains and residences throughout the area. EVMWD also set up temporary water supply lines and provided bottled water to American Red Cross Evacuation Centers set up throughout the City.
With hundreds of homes affected by the heat, ash and debris related to the Holy Fire, the EVMWD board of directors implemented a program to assist customers with bills. As the fire raged, emergency crews occasionally used water from homes in evacuation zones to protect buildings and property. Once the evacuations were lifted, heavy water use was unavoidable as people cleaned up fire retardant and accumulated ash. The EVMWD program considered special allowances for customers who were affected by the fires and used more water than usual.
“Our community faced an immense burden during the Holy Fire and floods,” said Andy Morris, president of the board of directors for EVMWD. “Any gesture we could implement to help residents with the cleanup process and the return to normal was essential.”
EVMWD was also recognized for its commitment to service excellence and community outreach.
“Amongst the many outstanding nominees in the category, it was truly an honor to be recognized,” said Morris. “A heartfelt thank you to those in the business community for the recognition and to the EVMWD board and staff who continue to exceed expectations.”
This is the second time EVMWD has received this prestigious recognition. EVMWD was also recognized in 2015.
EVMWD provides service to more than 145,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-square-mile area in Western Riverside County. The District is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the EVMWD at www.evmwd.com for additional information.