City of Commerce Awards Renewal of Water System Lease to California Water Service

Agreement Extends Operations and Maintenance Service Through 2033

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (NYSE:CWT) The City of Commerce has renewed a lease agreement for California Water Service (Cal Water) to operate the City’s water system for the next 15 years. The City of Commerce water system, which serves 1,200 customer connections, will continue to be operated by Cal Water’s East Los Angeles District through 2033.

Cal Water, which has run the City of Commerce water system since 1985, is responsible for all operations, maintenance, water quality assurance, and customer service programs to provide a reliable supply of water that meets federal and state standards to customers served by the City system. The City will remain responsible for financing infrastructure improvements and setting its customers’ water rates.

“We take our responsibility to deliver safe, high-quality water to City of Commerce customers seriously, so residents have it anytime they turn on the tap and firefighters have enough resources in emergencies,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, Cal Water President and CEO. “I am pleased that the City of Commerce values the work we have done and will continue to do to deliver quality, service, and value to its customers, and I look forward to continuing our partnership to serve the community for the next 15 years.”

The City of Commerce water system includes three active wells, 12 booster pumps, five storage tanks, and one connection with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Water provided to customers is a combination of local groundwater and surface water purchased from MWD, obtained from the Colorado River and the State Water Project in northern California.

California Water Service serves about 2 million people through 484,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the state since 1926. Additional information may be obtained online at

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