David R. Karraker Named Vice President of Customer Service and Information Technology by California Water Service Group

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/23/12 -- California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) today announced the selection of David R. Karraker, 56, as Vice President of Customer Service and Information Technology, effective May 1, 2012.

Karraker has a strong water operations background, having joined California Water Service Company in 1974 as a Maintenance Operator. During the course of his career, he has held various positions in the company's East Los Angeles District, including Chief Pump Operator, Superintendent, and Assistant District Manager. In his current capacity as District Manager, he is responsible for the district's operational and customer service performance.

"Dave knows first-hand the importance of providing a high-quality, reliable water supply and excellent customer service. He has exceptional leadership skills and I look forward to having him on the Cal Water officer team," said Peter C. Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Karraker succeeds Paul G. Ekstrom, who will retire as Vice President of Customer Service, Information Technology, and Human Resources at the end of April.

California Water Service Group is the parent company of California Water Service Company, Washington Water Service Company, New Mexico Water Service Company, Hawaii Water Service Company, Inc., CWS Utility Services, and HWS Utility Services, LLC. Together these companies provide regulated and non-regulated water service to approximately 2 million people in more than 100 California, Washington, New Mexico and Hawaii communities. Group's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CWT."

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