California American Water extends services to 660,000 Sacramento customers


In a statement, California American Water says it will increase its customer base of 660,000 consumers by adding residents living in some 95 waterfront home sites previously served by the Oxbow Marina Mutual Water Company in Sacramento.

The development follows the failure by Oxbow Marina Mutual Water Company to upgrade its water treatment and distribution system to meet smart water standards set by the California state government.

In several occasions, Oxbow’s water has exceeded state and federal maximum contaminate levels for arsenic, says a statement.

The acquisition allowed California American Water to connect Oxbow Marina Mutual Water Company’s network with its distribution system to provide consumers with state-regulated smart water services as from July 18.

The integration of the two water systems was done using a grant secured from the California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Financial Assistance.

California American Water claims the connection will improve drinking water quality for customers of Oxbow and improve the reliability and efficiency of water distribution system.

Audie Foster, Director of Northern California Operations, commented: “California American Water looks forward to welcoming our new Oxbow customers and introducing them to our conservation programs including rebates, free services and devices. This is truly a win-win as the new customers will enjoy improved water quality.

“We are currently working to ensure a seamless transition to provide our new customers with safe and reliable water services at a reasonable rate.”

California American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, the largest water and waste water company providing services to some 15 million people in 47 states and in Ontario, Canada.

Smart water infrastructure investments

Northeast Group forecasts water utilities in the US to invest $8.3 billion in smart infrastructure over the next decade.

In a press statement, the research firm says the investments in smart infrastructure aim to help US water utilities to optimise their operations through modernisation of water infrastructure.

The increase in investments will be driven by efforts to reduce non-revenue water and increase revenue collection through accuracy in water billing, improvements in the management of water infrastructure and quick identification of leaks. Read more…


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