SAN FRANCISCO – The California Water Association (CWA) has announced the election of new officers to lead the organization during the next two years. CWA represents 108 water utilities throughout the state that are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Members begin their terms as CWA celebrates its 75th anniversary and recognizes significant accomplishments over the past year, including seeing three CWA-sponsored bills that strengthen customer benefits and protections and that were signed into law by Governor Brown in September.  Also, the ongoing conservation by regulated water utility customers, which remains above 20 percent, despite the temporary relaxation of mandatory water reductions by the state, and which continues to exceed the state average.

The Executive Committee will be led by 2017-18 CWA President Lawrence Morales, who is also President of East Pasadena Water Company. The Executive Committee will consist of:

  • Keith Switzer (First Vice President); Golden State Water Company, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
  • Evan Jacobs (Second Vice President); California American Water, External Affairs Manager
  • Jeanne-Marie Bruno (Third Vice President); Liberty Utilities, Senior Vice President and General Manager
  • Joel Reiker (General Secretary/Treasurer); San Gabriel Valley Water Company, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
  • Greg Milleman (Immediate Past President); California Water Service Company, Director of Field Operations

Members at Large include:

  • Timothy Guster; Great Oaks Water Company, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Palle Jensen, San Jose Water Company, Senior Vice President
  • Robert Kelly; Suburban Water Systems, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
  • W. Nicholson; San Gabriel Valley Water Company, President
  • Kevin Tilden; California American Water, Vice President of External Affairs
  • Paul Townsley; California Water Service Company, Vice President of Regulatory Matters and Corporate Affairs

“I’d like to congratulate the leaders who are assuming these new positions and thank them for their continued service to CWA and regulated water utilities throughout California,” said CWA Executive Director Jack Hawks. “Together we are poised to continue a proud legacy of promoting sound water policy and practices to the benefit of the customers we serve.”

California Water Association

The California Water Association represents 108 regulated water utilities in California. Its members provide safe, reliable, high-quality water service to approximately 6 million Californians.


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