California American Water reminds customers to turn down their sprinklers when they turn back their clocks this weekend

  California American Water reminds customers to turn down their sprinklers
  when they turn back their clocks this weekend

   With the rainy season approaching, residents urged to reduce their home
                                  irrigation

Business Wire

CORONADO, Calif. -- October 31, 2012

Customers may consider turning down their sprinklers when they turn back their
clocks this weekend as the end of daylight savings also means the beginning of
the rainy season in California.

Customers are urged to monitor their residential sprinklers to ensure they’re
not activated during rain showers. By reducing irrigation in the winter and
shutting off sprinklers during rainy periods, customers can save water while
maintaining healthy landscaping.

“With our busy lives and the holidays around the corner, it’s easy for folks
to forget their sprinkler system may still be on a summer watering schedule,”
said Rob MacLean, president of California American Water. “That’s why we’re
encouraging customers to monitor their home irrigation systems and make sure
they are not overwatering. It’s a waste of money, water and can damage
landscaping.”

Overwatering can be more damaging to plants than drought. Landscaping experts
estimate that 90 percent of plants die from too much water. Soggy soil can
prevent nutrients and air from reaching plant roots, inviting unwanted
diseases such as root rot.

If there is a long break between rainy days, California American Water
recommends manually watering landscape with a hose equipped with a low-flow
hose nozzle. One way to test if a garden needs watering is by pushing a
screwdriver into the ground. If it goes in easily, the soil is moist and the
landscaping doesn't need water.

For more conservation tips you can use this winter, please visit our website
at www.amwater.com/caaw

California American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:
AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 600,000 people.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company
employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in more than 30 states, and parts of Canada. More information can be found by
visiting www.amwater.com.

Contact:

California American Water
Kevin Tilden, 619-435-7402
Mobile: 619-206-8099
kevin.tilden@amwater.com