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Emergency Sewer Leak Response by EVMWD: Prioritizing Community Safety

By December 19, 2023January 3rd, 2024No Comments

LAKE ELSINORE, CA – In an immediate response to an urgent situation last night, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) promptly addressed a sewer leak near Village Way and Canyon Lake Dr., South, triggered by a 10” underground sewer pipe failure.

Unfortunately, some of the released sewage entered the lake in the vicinity of the East Bay causeway. This has prompted EVMWD to collaborate closely with the Canyon Lake Property Owner’s Association (POA), working together to implement water safety measures and enforce precautionary closures of Happy Camp, Sunset, and Holiday Harbor beaches.

EVMWD General Manager, Greg Thomas, extends sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, emphasizing the district’s commitment to resolving the situation:

“At EVMWD, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our community members. We deeply regret the impact of the sewer leak, and we appreciate the understanding of our residents. We are actively working with the Canyon Lake POA to ensure safety measures are in place. I commend our team’s dedication to resolving this situation promptly.”

EVMWD is actively gathering water samples in partnership with Canyon Lake POA, and an announcement regarding the status of the beach closures is anticipated by the week’s end.

If there is an emergency, residents are recommended to reach out to our operations dispatch at (951) 674-3146 within regular hours. For assistance after hours, residents can contact (951) 674-3146, Option 7.

The district is committed to providing timely updates as the situation unfolds and expresses gratitude for the ongoing support and patience of the community.



EVMWD provides service to more than 159,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-square-mile area in Western Riverside County. The EVMWD team delivers total water management that powers the health and vibrancy of its communities so life can flourish.