On November 13, 2017, the Bellflower City Council voted unanimously to approve California American Water’s (CAW) $17 million acquisition of the city’s water system, which voters approved in 2016. CAW and the city have moved forward in seeking the required approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
In an online article, Bellflower Mayor Ron Schnablegger said, “CAW has a goal of providing reliable and efficient water services to customers in Los Angeles County. The company’s commitment to its customers, working safely and being a model of environmental protection is consistent with the city’s philosophy. The city is pleased residents will have excellent water service from CAW.”
Serving approximately 10 percent of the city and more than 1,800 customers, the Bellflower water system is located less than 20 miles from CAW’s Los Angeles County district operations center. After the acquisition is final, CAW plans several upgrades to the system’s infrastructure, including replacing or upgrading water mains that are near the end of their useful lives. Additionally, the new customers will have access to CAW’s low-income ratepayer assistance program as well as conservation programs, including rebates and free water-saving devices.
“Pending approval by the CPUC,” said CAW President Richard Svindland in a press release, “this acquisition will provide residents with access to a long-term, reliable water supply for years to come. We are proud to serve our new Bellflower customers and ensure their water quality meets or surpasses state and federal standards.”