Most water systems around the country offer some type of a public outreach program. These programs are an excellent way to involve the public in different water systems functions, projects and efforts and assist in generating support.
While I frequently talk about the importance of public awareness and education about the value of water, I would like to take this opportunity to mention some unique upcoming events hosted by the Eastern Municipal Water District  (EMWD) in Perris, Calif.
Coming up next month on May 4, 2013, the EMWD will host its final Audubon tour of the season at the San Jacinto wetlands. The two-hour tour offers participants the opportunity to observe more than 120 bird species that can be seen throughout the 60-acre wetlands.
Additionally, WWD Managing Editor Elizabeth Lisican will have the opportunity to participate in EMWD’s first media tour, scheduled to take place on May 16, where she will visit the district site, its state-certified laboratory and state-of-the-art Integrated Operations Center.
We look forward to sharing Elizabeth’s experiences from the tour, as well as various photos and videos taken on the site in the upcoming weeks. Visit WWD's website  to stay tuned.