On June 11, 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved California American Water’s (CAW’s) request to acquire the Ox Bow Marina Mutual Water Company (Ox Bow) located one mile from CAW’s Isleton system near Sacramento.
Providing water and wastewater services to 97 connections and a 400-berth marina, the antiquated Ox Bow system must be upgraded to meet state and federal standards, including maximum contaminate levels for arsenic. CAW is working with Ox Bow and the California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Financial Assistance on grant-funded improvements to connect the two systems. The water will be treated at CAW’s Isleton arsenic treatment plant.
In a press release, Ox Bow’s President Kimberly Korth noted, “It is with great pleasure that we have been able to work with California American Water to accomplish this by a future planned pipeline connection to their excellent water filtration plant in Isleton.”
When the connection is completed, CAW’s new customers will enjoy safe, reliable quality water at reasonable rates. They also may take advantage of CAW’s low-income discount program and conservation tools to comply with California’s mandatory water restrictions due to the drought.
CAW also entered into an agreement in June to acquire the operating assets of Adams Ranch Mutual Water Company, whose system serves residential customers and one commercial connection in Rosemead, California from one well built in 2001. Approximately 176 customers will be added to the more than 28,000 homes and businesses CAW currently serves in its Los Angeles County District.
CAW’s Director of Southern California Operations Garry Hofer noted in a press release, “As a result of this acquisition, many of the Adams Ranch Water Company customers will have access to our various services such as our ambitious conservation program, paperless billing, web self-service portal, multi-lingual customer service and a low-income discount program.”