PRESS RELEASE–SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 30, 2014) – As we move into summer and drought conditions continue to affect communities across the state, California American Water is pleased to report that customers in The Sacramento District have reduced use by 23 percent compared to 2012 and 2013. In March, California American Water issued a call for a voluntary 20 percent reduction in accordance with the Governor’s emergency drought declaration and California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Rule 14.1, calling upon customers to restrict non-essential uses of water.
California American Water provides water service customers in portions of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Isleton and unincorporated Sacramento and Placer Counties.
“Our customers have stepped up and taken action to reduce their water use,” said California American Water Northern California Director of Operations S. Audie Foster. “Water use triples in the summer, so there are opportunities for additional savings in the coming months by focusing on reducing outdoor water use.”
California American Water encourages all consumers to voluntarily find ways to reduce their water use by:
• Fixing leaks promptly
• Adjust irrigation systems to avoid creating run-off to streets, sidewalks and gutters
• Use positive pressure hose nozzles (available at no charge from California American Water)
• Use a broom to clean driveways, patios, decks and sidewalks
“Our water efficiency and conservation programs are among the best in the state and they help reduce water use without affecting our quality of life,” said Foster. “I’d encourage customers to take advantage of the free Water Smart Home Survey to find easy wins to reduce water usage and learn more about how they can get cash back from our rebate programs for toilets, washing machines, turf removal and more.”
This spring the company embarked on a communications campaign that included direct mail to customers and community meetings in each district to educate customers about the drought. California American Water will continue to support the governor’s call for 20 percent reduction in water use this summer with customer communications, community outreach and regional engagement with utility and community partners
To learn more about the free conservation programs and services or read CPUC Rule 14.1, customers can visit California American Water’s website at www.californiaamwater.com. Customers can also call to sign up for a free Water Smart Home Survey or receive more information about their conservation services, devices and rebates.
California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 600,000 people.
Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.