California American Water Acquires Garrapata Water System

  California American Water Acquires Garrapata Water System

 Small system in Monterey County added to company’s Central Coast Operations

Business Wire

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. -- January 24, 2013

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved California American
Water’s application to acquire the Garrapata Water System located in Monterey
County on California’s Central Coast.

The purchase of the system adds approximately 50 new service connections to
the company’s customer base. California American Water already serves more
than 100,000 customers through nearly 43,000 service connections on the
Monterey Peninsula.

Garrapata customers will now be served by staff that includes water treatment
operators, distribution operators, and supervisors that are certified through
the California Department of Public Health. California American Water had
previously assumed control over operations and maintenance of the Garrapata
system in June 2011 in an agreement with the system’s owner. In doing so, the
company helped the Garrapata system to meet the ever increasing regulatory
demands of the county, state and federal government. Many small water systems
have limited resources and can experience difficulty complying with all

“This acquisition is a natural fit to our operations in Monterey and one that
will benefit the customers of this system,” said California American Water
President Rob MacLean. “Through this purchase, Garrapata customers will soon
have access to the many convenient services we offer, including a 24-hour
customer service center and our water conservation program.”

California American Water will keep in place Garrapata’s current rate
structure and revenue authorizations until the company’s next general rate
case in 2015.

Garrapata’s service territory is in Monterey County. The community lies off of
Highway 1, south of the Carmel Highlands, beginning at the Garrapata Bridge
and continuing south to the Rocky Point Restaurant.

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


California American Water
Catherine Bowie, 831-646-3208
Mobile: 831-241-2990
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