Últimas noticias - California Water Service https://www.calwater.com Miércoles 27 de octubre de 2021, 01:33:20 +0000 ing.-EE.UU. por hora 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 Etapa 2 del plan de contingencia de escasez del agua en algunas áreas https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-1021-stage-2-of-water-shortage-contingency-plan-in-some-areas/ Jueves 21 de octubre de 2021, 05:30:07 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest-news&p=8858 Se celebrarán reuniones públicas para informar a los clientes sobre las nuevas restricciones por la sequía y los programas de conservación en los distritos de Bakerfield, Kern River Valley, Livermore, Los Altos, Redwood Valley y Visalia A la luz del empeoramiento de las condiciones de sequía, Cal Water presentó hoy una solicitud ante la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California (CPUC) para pasar a la Etapa 2 de su…

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Public Meetings Will Be Held to Educate Customers on New Drought Restrictions, Conservation Programs in Bakerfield, Kern River Valley, Livermore, Los Altos, Redwood Valley, and Visalia Districts

NoticiasIn light of worsening drought conditions, Cal Water today filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to move into Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan in six of ourdistricts (Bakersfield, Kern River Valley, Los Altos, Livermore, Redwood Valley, and Visalia). We will host public meetings in November to educate customers about Stage 2 restrictions, which include outdoor watering limits and increased water waste penalties, and provide information on conservation programs and tools available to help customers reduce their water use. Water budgets are NOT being implemented at this time. Meeting details will be mailed directly to affected customers.

At the meetings, Cal Water representatives will provide details about new irrigation restrictions as part of Stage 2 and discuss current prohibited uses of water. Some of the restrictions include:

  • Outdoor landscape irrigation is limited to two days per week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., unless local ordinances state otherwise.
  • All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in a customer's plumbing fixtures and/or irrigation system must be repaired within five business days of written notification by Cal Water.
  • Vehicles may only be washed with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle or similar device.
  • Water may not be used on driveways or sidewalks, unless for health and safety purposes.
  • No watering of outdoor landscapes may occur during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Restaurants may only serve water upon request, and hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

Affected customers will be receiving detailed information in the mail about Stage 2 and the meeting for their district. Presentations will be available on this web site after the meetings for customers who prefer to not attend in person. If approved by the CPUC, Stage 2 would become effective December 14, 2021.

We are taking a customer-first approach and is here to help residents and businesses understand the requirements of Stage 2 of our Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which we have been preparing since the last drought. We also want customers to know that we are here to help them reduce their water use as we face increasingly serious drought conditions. As part of our promise to provide customers quality, service, and value, we offer a variety of conservation programs and encourage them to take advantage of these resources to help save water every day.

At the meetings, representatives will also provide details about Cal Water's industry-leading conservation programs to help save water every day, including:

  • Lawn-to-garden rebate of $3 per square foot of lawn removed and replaced with low-water use landscaping
  • Spray-to-drip rebate of $0.50 per square foot of landscaping converted from standard spray irrigation to a drip system
  • Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices, with certain rebates recently doubled
  • A free smart landscape tune-up program that includes an irrigation system evaluation along with installation of efficient devices and repair of most irrigation leaks
  • A free conservation kit that includes a garden hose nozzle with shutoff valve, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators, and more for residential customers

Program details and additional conservation resources can be found in this web site's Conservation section.

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Group Receives Sixth Great Place to Work® Distinction https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-1006-group-receives-sixth-great-place-to-work-distinction/ Miércoles 06 de octubre de 2021, 22:49:53 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest-news&p=8738 California Water Service Group (Group) has been named a Great Place to Work for the sixth year in a row by the Great Place to Work® Institute, the utility announced today. El premio llega inmediatamente después de que la compañía fuera nombrada uno de los Mejores Lugares paraTrabajar en Bay Area por el Grupo de Noticias del Bay Area...

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Placa de Great Place to WorkCalifornia Water Service Group (Group) has been named a Great Place to Work for the sixth year in a row by the Great Place to Work® Institute, the utility announced today. The award comes on the heels of the company being named a Top Workplace in the Bay Area by the Bay Area News Group and honored with Most Valuable Corporate COVID-19 Response by the American Business Awards®.

The two-part Great Place to Work® certification includes both a Culture Audit© about the company's programs and practices on hiring, internal communication, developmental opportunities, training, recognition, and diversity; and a Trust Index© based on survey feedback from employees about the company. All full-time employees were asked about their experiences, and the results were compared to other top U.S. workplaces to determine the company’s placement.

"The past 18 months have taught us the importance of flexibility and adaptability as we have had to pivot and introduce new protocols and benefits to meet the unique needs of a workforce during a pandemic. Through it all, we are proud to have produced a clean and reliable water supply to more than two million people while maintaining the safety of our employees," said President and CEO Martin A. Kropelnicki. "It is an honor to be recognized by the Great Place to Work® Institute year after year, as we strive to do the right thing for our employees, customers, and shareholders."

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Cal Water amplía los recursos disponibles para los bomberos locales https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-1004-cal-water-expands-resources-available-to-local-firefighters/ Lunes 04 de octubre de 2021, 23:30:38 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest-news&p=8733 Cal Water anunció hoy que ha abierto el ciclo 2021 de su Programa de Subvenciones para Bomberos, aumentando el monto que proporcionará a los departamentos de bomberos locales a $175,000, hasta 18% del año pasado. Fire departments (professional or volunteer) that serve at least a portion of one of Cal Water’s service areas are invited to apply for grants to offset…

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NoticiasCal Water anunció hoy que ha abierto el ciclo 2021 de su Programa de Subvenciones para Bomberos, aumentando el monto que proporcionará a los departamentos de bomberos locales a $175,000, hasta 18% del año pasado. Fire departments (professional or volunteer) that serve at least a portion of one of Cal Water’s service areas are invited to apply for grants to offset costs associated with fire protection efforts, equipment, training, and education.

"We take seriously our responsibility for providing water needed to the firefighters who work tirelessly to keep our customers, employees, and communities safe. This responsibility is more critical than ever given the increased frequency and severity of fires caused by climate change," said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO. "Many fire departments are stretched for resources, and this grant program helps them purchase critically needed gear and life-saving equipment."

Since the Firefighter Grant Program started in 2019, Cal Water has provided over $300,000 to 17 fire departments in its service areas. The average grant over the past two years was $16,000, with awards ranging from $5,000 to $38,000. Examples of the gear and life-saving equipment purchased by local fire departments through this program include:

  • One mile of fire hose for the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department
  • Replacement fire hose for the Marysville Fire Department
  • Utility terrain vehicle for the Bakersfield Fire Department
  • Portable radios for the Russian River Fire Protection District
  • Turnouts (personal protective equipment) for the King City Fire Department
  • Particulate barrier hoods for the Stockton Fire Department
  • Turnouts for the Selma Fire Department
  • A long-running, battery-powered, positive-pressure ventilation fan and extra battery for the Visalia Fire Department

The grants are part of California Water Service Group's philanthropic giving program and do not affect customers' rates.

For more information about the Firefighter Grant Program or to submit an application, candidates may visit the Firefighter Grant Page or email firefightergrant@calwater.com. The application period will close at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, October 29, 2021, and grant recipients will be notified by late 2021.

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Finalización de renovación de infraestructura en Bodfish https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-0930-infrastructure-upgrade-complete-in-bodfish/ Jueves 30 de septiembre de 2021, 21:45:48 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest-news&p=8721 Como parte de su compromiso de garantizar la seguridad y fiabilidad de la infraestructura crítica, Cal Water ha finalizado un importante proyecto de reeemplazo de tubería principal de tubería de agua en Bodfish. La mejora de la infraestructura de agua garantizará que los clientes y los bomberos continúen teniendo el agua que necesitan para sus necesidades diarias y de emergencia. El proyecto incluyó la instalación de 2,700 pies…

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Como parte de su compromiso de garantizar la seguridad y fiabilidad de la infraestructura crítica, Cal Water ha finalizado un importante proyecto de reeemplazo de tubería principal de tubería de agua en Bodfish. La mejora de la infraestructura de agua garantizará que los clientes y los bomberos continúen teniendo el agua que necesitan para sus necesidades diarias y de emergencia.

The project included the installation of 2,700 feet of new 6-inch PVC water main and 33 new individual service connections. Crews also installed seven fire hydrants to improve access for firefighters. Installation took place on Columbus Avenue, between Elk Drive and North Drive.

“This important infrastructure upgrade will enable us to continue to deliver a reliable supply of safe, clean water to our customers for their drinking, cooking, handwashing, and other household needs, both now and for many years to come,” said Local Manager Jon Yasin. “It will also help first responders protect the community in an emergency.”

Following installation, crews conducted water quality testing before connecting individual customer service lines to the new water main. Crews are in the process of restoring all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction.

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Se lanzó el Programa de donación de caridad para empleados https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-0922-employee-charitable-donation-matching-program-launched/ Miércoles 22 de septiembre de 2021, 20:18:17 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest-news&p=8584 El programa amplía el impacto del apoyo que los empleados brindan a las comunidades y organizaciones sin fines de lucro locales California Water Service Group (Group) y sus subsidiarias anunciaron hoy el lanzamiento de su nuevo programa de donación para empleados. El programa fue creado para alentar a los empleados a apoyar a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro duplicando el impacto de sus donaciones benéficas con iguales contribuciones de…

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Program Expands Impact of Employees' Support for Local Communities and Non-Profits

Mano sosteniendo una forma de corazónCalifornia Water Service Group (Group) and its subsidiaries announced today the launch of its new employee charitable donation matching program. The program was created to encourage employees to support non-profit organizations by doubling the impact of their charitable donations with matching contributions from the company.

This program furthers the utility's ongoing commitment to enhance the quality of life for its customers, communities, and employees on a larger scale and longer term, according to President and CEO Martin A. Kropelnicki. The matching program builds upon the company's existing philanthropic giving program. Contributions will be matched up to $250 per employee per calendar year, until the annual program budget is exhausted.

"Just looking at how our employees have responded during the pandemic and natural disasters affecting the communities we serve, we have seen first-hand that they have a real heart for giving. We want to honor that generosity by supporting the causes that are important to them," said Kropelnicki. "Our employees make meaningful contributions to the local communities in which they live and work, and it is our hope that this program encourages our team members to continue to improve the lives of those we serve in this way."

Charitable contributions are part of the Group's philanthropic giving program and do not affect customers' rates. Donations do not provide any direct benefit to employees or their families.

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Suministro de agua reciclada a Tesoro Viejo https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-0914-recycled-water-being-delivered-to-tesoro-viejo/ Martes 14 de septiembre de 2021, 20:16:28 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=8450 Como parte de su compromiso mutuo de ser administradores responsables del medio ambiente y del recurso natural más preciado de la Tierra, Cal Water ha comenzado a suministrar agua reciclada para cubrir las necesidades de los clientes y la comunidad de Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (Tesoro Viejo). Cal Water opera y mantiene los sistemas de agua, aguas residuales, agua reciclada y agua agrícola de Tesoro Viejo, y...

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NoticiasComo parte de su compromiso mutuo de ser administradores responsables del medio ambiente y del recurso natural más preciado de la Tierra, Cal Water ha comenzado a suministrar agua reciclada para cubrir las necesidades de los clientes y la comunidad de Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company (Tesoro Viejo).

Cal Water operates and maintains Tesoro Viejo's water, wastewater, recycled water, and agricultural water systems, and oversees the installation of capital improvements to expand the utility systems. With operations commencing, recycled water will be used for community landscaping and agricultural irrigation.

Cal Water is currently providing 40,000 gallons of recycled water per day. As more homes become occupied and buildout of the development reaches completion, the volume of recycled water will increase.

"We are pleased to begin recycled water operations in partnership with Tesoro Viejo Master Mutual Water Company for the community," said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO. "This is an important step to ensuring local water supplies remain reliable, both now and for decades to come, and particularly as our state sees more frequent and prolonged droughts."

"Tesoro Viejo is committed to sustainability and water conservation," said Brent McCaffrey, President of Tesoro Viejo Development. "Our water conservation efforts help to preserve and protect this important natural resource, while servicing the water needs of the community for today and in the future."

About Tesoro Viejo

Tesoro Viejo is an award-winning, 1,600-acre master-planned community located in southeastern Madera County. The community is on its way to becoming a vibrant hub with a walkable town center, Madera County Fire Station and Sheriff substation, schools, resort-style community clubhouse, and about 400 acres of permanently preserved natural open space, parks, recreational areas, and miles of trails. When complete, the community will feature nine residential villages with up to 5,190 homes offering a variety of housing choices to fit all lifestyles and family needs. The community has been recognized for its innovative design and sustainable living. For more information, visit www.tesoroviejo.com.

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Cal Water apoya a los bomberos del condado de Kern https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-0903-cal-water-supports-kern-county-firefighters/ Viernes 03 de septiembre de 2021, 18:15:13 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=8224 Cal Water se compromete a apoyar a los bomberos que protegen a las comunidades a las que servimos. Realmente agradecemos las amables palabras que nos envió el subjefe de operaciones del Departamento de Bomberos del condado de Kern, Dionisio Mitchell, después del reciente incendio French Fire en el área de Kern River Valley. Fecha: 31 de agosto de 2021 Para: California Water [Service] At.: Jon Yasin Lots…

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BomberoCal Water se compromete a apoyar a los bomberos que protegen a las comunidades a las que servimos. Realmente agradecemos las amables palabras que nos envió el subjefe de operaciones del Departamento de Bomberos del condado de Kern, Dionisio Mitchell, después del reciente incendio French Fire en el área de Kern River Valley.

Date: August 31, 2021

To: California Water [Service]

Attention: Jon Yasin

Lots of the successes that are achieved on emergency incidents take place before an incident even takes place. On June 23, 2016, the Erskine Fire impacted the residents of Kern River Valley in many ways. As a result of the loss associated with that incident there was a great deal of lessons learned that our agency was able to take away. The other piece of that though was what I saw coming from [Cal Water] and their takeaways. As a former Battalion Chief, in the Battalion 7 area that encompasses the Kern River Valley, I was contacted by Mr. Yasin on behalf of Cal Water. He had kindly explained that Cal Water was vested in ensuring that they could be doing everything possible for emergency preparedness by partnering with their local First Responders.

The level of communications was made evident as there was a good presence from the water company on incidents around the Kern River Valley, and Mr. Yasin would check in with Battalion Chiefs to make sure that the company was meeting the needs of the incident. On top of this, Mr. Yasin wanted to ensure to us that their pumps and water service would be good to go in the event we lost power with generator backup in place. This was to confirm that our Firefighters would always have water available to us during emergency incidents. Taking the time to prepare and verify that the water system was ready to go in emergency incidents paid off tremendously.

As you already know the French Fire started on August 18 and immediately presented a huge threat to the community of Isabella Highlands tract. This fire ended up impacting multiple communities in the Kern River Valley as it quickly became an established fire. Due to the complexity of the incident a Type 2 Incident Management Team was called in to assist with managing the incident. On the afternoon on August 24 the fire had spotted across Highway 155 and quickly became an imminent threat to the communities of Pala Ranches and Wofford Heights.

I spoke with our Incident Commander, Chief Billy Steers, who had notified me that these communities were going to encounter extreme fire behavior in moments. As a result of fire conditions our Firefighters went into rescue mode to do their very best at getting our residents to safety. Part of what made those efforts effective was our Firefighters having water to fight fire while simultaneously performing rescue measures. Within those moments is when water matters the most, and in those moments is when Cal Water delivered.

The efforts of Mr. Yasin in working collaboratively with Incident Commander Steers to let him know what water systems were operational and an asset for our Firefighters to use should be commended! This proved to be a crucial aspect in the operational effectiveness of our Firefighters being able to perform life threatening rescues, but being protected with water to use in their firefighting efforts. Thank you to Cal Water and Mr. Yasin for being that advocate on the water district side to provide our Incident Commander with invaluable information which proved to be a deciding factor on lives and property saved.

I have no doubt that this can all be traced to the pre-planning that went into effect following a tragedy that was experienced by so many in the years previous. However, Cal Water stepped up to figure out a way to assist and be an asset for First Responders. As a result of this commitment we were very successful on the French Fire! I wanted to personally thank Mr. Yasin and Cal Water for your dedication and hard work to give us a credible water system that we can depend on. Your hard work directly protects us in the Fire Service, and ultimately shows your customers you care about their well-being. If you ever need anything never hesitate to reach out as we are proud to work alongside you!

Respectfully,

Dionisio Mitchell
Deputy Chief Operations
Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Kern

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Nuevos programas de paisajismo que ahorran agua ahora disponibles https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-0902-new-water-saving-landscaping-programs-now-available/ Jueves 02 de septiembre de 2021, 20:15:43 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=8223 La conservación del agua es cada vez más importante a medida que continúa la sequía, y Cal Water está ampliando sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los clientes a ahorrar agua todos los días. La empresa de servicios públicos anunció hoy el lanzamiento de sus descuentos para cambiar césped por un jardín y riego por rociador por riego por goteo, dos nuevos programas que ofrecen incentivos para los clientes de Cal Water para que sus sistemas de riego y paisajismo sean tan eficientes como...

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NoticiasLa conservación del agua es cada vez más importante a medida que continúa la sequía, y Cal Water está ampliando sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los clientes a ahorrar agua todos los días. The utility announced today the launch of its lawn-to-garden and spray-to-drip rebates, two new programs that offer incentives for Cal Water customers to make their landscaping and irrigation systems as efficient as possible.

Cal Water's lawn-to-garden program offers a rebate of $3 per square foot of lawn removed. At least 50 percent of the grass removed must be converted to landscaping utilizing California-friendly, drought-tolerant plant material. Artificial/synthetic turf, lawn that is already dead, or grass previously removed do not qualify for the rebate.

The spray-to-drip program provides a rebate of $0.50 per square foot of landscaping converted from a standard spray irrigation system to a drip system, as drip irrigation uses 20 to 50 percent less water compared to sprinklers. Drip equipment must be on Cal Water's Qualified Product List to be eligible for the incentive.

Both programs are available to single-family residential, multi-family residential, and commercial customers. Cal Water customers can visit calwater.com/conservation for detailed information on these programs and to apply.

"Our customers have already been taking smart steps to conserve water during the drought, and we want to provide additional ways to help them use water wisely," said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO. "These new programs will make it even easier for Cal Water customers to beautify their landscapes while simultaneously reducing water use and saving money, all reflective of our commitment to deliver quality, service, and value."

Additionally, Cal Water encourages customers to utilize its other industry-leading conservation programs to help conserve water. La compañía de servicios ofrece:

  • Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices, with certain rebate amounts recently doubled;
  • A free conservation kit that includes a garden hose nozzle with shutoff valve, high-efficiency shower heads, faucet aerators, and more;
  • Recursos educativos; y
  • A smart landscape tune-up program that includes an irrigation system evaluation along with installation of efficient devices and repair of irrigation leaks at no cost to customers.

Cal Water also reminds residents and businesses to continue observing the prohibited uses of water in effect. Water-wasting activities include, in part, using water on outdoor landscaping that causes runoff onto adjacent properties or paved areas; irrigating outdoors between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., unless local ordinances state otherwise; using a hose to wash vehicles unless the hose has a shutoff nozzle or similar device; and not repairing leaks within five days of notification.

Cal Water customers can visit calwater.com/conservation for information on all conservation programs along with a full list of prohibited uses of water.

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Se completó renovación de infraestructura en Woodside https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-0901-woodside-infrastructure-upgrade-complete/ Miércoles 01 de septiembre de 2021, 19:23:22 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=8219 Como parte del compromiso del servicio público por garantizar la seguridad y confiabilidad de infraestructura básica, particularmente durante la pandemia y la temporada de incendios, Cal Water ha completado un proyecto de reemplazo de tubería principal de gran escala en Woodside. Esta mejora garantiza que los clientes y los bomberos sigan disponiendo del agua con que deben contar para sus necesidades cotidianas y en casos de emergencia...

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Renovación de infraestructura en WoodsideComo parte del compromiso del servicio público por garantizar la seguridad y confiabilidad de infraestructura básica, particularmente durante la pandemia y la temporada de incendios, Cal Water ha completado un proyecto de reemplazo de tubería principal de gran escala en Woodside. This upgrade ensures that customers and firefighters will continue to have the water they need for their everyday and emergency needs, both now and in the future.

The project, which began in October 2020, included the installation of 5,155 feet of new 6-inch and 8-inch PVC water pipes. Crews also installed 44 new customer service connections and 11 hydrants. Installation took place on Woodside Drive, from Wildwood Way to Fernside Street.

"We are committed to providing our residents and businesses a reliable, safe, and clean water supply around the clock," said District Manager Dawn Smithson. "Performing important water infrastructure improvement projects such as this enables us to fulfill our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our Woodside customers."

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Uno de los mejores lugares para trabajar de 2021 según Bay Area News Group https://www.calwater.com/latest-news/2021-0831-2021-top-workplace-honor-from-bay-area-news-group/ Martes 31 de agosto de 2021, 20:15:56 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=8216 Por 10° año consecutivo, el Bay Area News Group nombró a California Water Service Group (el "Grupo") como uno de los mejores lugares para trabajar en Bay Area. Esta distinción se otorgó en base a los comentarios de los empleados locales de la subsidiaria más grande del Grupo, California Water Service (Cal Water). The utilityâ€"which was already heralded as a top employer due…

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Premios a los mejores lugares para trabajar Top WorkplacesPor 10° año consecutivo, el Bay Area News Group nombró a California Water Service Group (el "Grupo") como uno de los mejores lugares para trabajar en Bay Area. Esta distinción se otorgó en base a los comentarios de los empleados locales de la subsidiaria más grande del Grupo, California Water Service (Cal Water).

The utilityâ€"which was already heralded as a top employer due to its opportunities for growth, competitive compensation and benefits package, and ethics, among other reasonsâ€"further enhanced support for its employees during the ongoing pandemic. Group took comprehensive steps to ensure its essential workers' safety while most people were able to stay home; provided 15 days of COVID-specific sick leave to allow employees to take care of themselves, children, or ill family members; kept team members informed through regular communications with leadership and outside experts; and worked to boost morale during such uncertain times.

Cal Water, the largest regulated water utility in the western United States, employs 375 employees in the Bay Area from its Bayshore, Bear Gulch, Livermore, and Los Altos Districts, along with its Customer Support Services office in San Jose. The utility serves about 389,500 people through 110,500 customer connections in Atherton, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Livermore, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, and Woodside. Statewide, Cal Water serves about 2 million people through 492,600 customer connections.

Top Workplace rankings are determined through survey data gathered by an independent research company specializing in employee engagement and retention. Employees are asked for feedback on various topics, including company leadership, compensation and training, diversity and inclusion, values and ethics, career development, and family-friendly flexibility.

"It is an honor to be named a Top Workplace every year for the past decade by the Bay Area News Group," said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We could not provide a safe, clean, and reliable water supply to two million Californians without the dedication of our hardworking employees, so we go the extra mile for our employees. We are not a pipe company; we are a people company, and this recognition is proof positive that we are doing the right thing for our customers, communities, stockholders, and employees."

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