California Water Service, the largest subsidiary of California Water Service Group, has received nearly $1.3 million from the California Department of Water Resources Water-Energy Grant Program to expand water-efficiency programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water and energy use.
The grants will augment Cal Water’s Bathroom Fixture Replacement Program in three districts; $490,500 was awarded to the company’s Bakersfield District, while $797,400 will fund the program in the company’s Dominguez and East Los Angeles districts.
As part of the Bathroom Fixture Replacement Program, Cal Water’s contractor will provide customers with installation of high-efficiency toilets, bathroom faucet aerators, and high-efficiency showerheads; recycle the replaced devices as practicable; and offer follow-up customer service for a minimum of one year after the installation date. These services will be provided to qualified customers at no cost.
According to Interim Director of Drought and Conservation Ken Jenkins, the programs are consistent with Cal Water’s customer-first approach to the drought, and will save a total of 52 million gallons of water annually; 1,764,000 kilowatt-hours per year; and 363,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Earlier this year Cal Water signed an agreement to partner with the city of Sunnyvale, California, Santa Clara Valley Water District and Apple on a recycled water project that will provide more than 157,000 gallons per day of recycled water to the sustainable, flying-saucer shaped Apple 2 Campus in Cupertino.