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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Western’s Communications Programs Take Home Top Honors


The District’s La Sierra Pipeline community relations project receives Best in Show Award 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Western Municipal Water District (Western) received nine top honors from the Public Relations Society of America-Inland Empire Chapter (PRSA-IE) for its efforts demonstrating an ongoing commitment to transparency and excellence in public-sector communications programs and projects. The District also received the organization’s highest honor – Best in Show – for its La Sierra Pipeline community relations project.

“Engaging and transparent communication is a top priority at Western, and we are committed to providing our customers with the information they want through many outreach avenues,” said Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “We are pleased that our efforts received such prestigious awards from our local chapter of PRSA, honoring our commitment to open and accessible communication.”

Western received the following Polaris and Capella awards as well as “Best in Show”:

  • La Sierra Pipeline Project – Community Relations (Polaris and Best in Show)
  • The Sterling Pump Station Project – Community Relations (Capella)
  • Top Workplace Program – Internal Communications (Capella)
  • Employee Wellness Program – Internal Communications (Capella)
  • Water Reliability Projects – Video (Polaris)
  • SoCal Yard Transformation Book Event – Special Event (Capella)
  • The Splash – Internal Communications (Capella), Video (Polaris)
  • On Tap – Newsletter category (Polaris)    

Construction of the La Sierra Pipeline Project included a multi-faceted outreach campaign to educate multiple audiences about the 18-month construction schedule and the project’s importance to deliver local water supplies to Western customers. The Best in Show is awarded to the submission with the highest score in all of the categories.

Formed in 1965, the PRSA-IE brings together public relations professionals in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. This chapter is part of the Public Relations Society of America, which is headquartered in New York City, and is the world's largest professional organization for public relations professionals. With more than 30,000 members, it is organized into 100-plus chapters nationwide that represent business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.

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