Cal Am’s and Liberty Utilities’ Acquisitions Further State’s Small Water System Consolidation Goal

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

Cal Am’s and Liberty Utilities’ Acquisitions Further State’s Small Water System Consolidation Goal

On June 4, California American Water (Cal Am) acquired Rio Plaza Water Company (Rio Plaza) in Ventura County from the Nickel family, who has owned and operated the water system for two generations. Cal Am also has signed agreements to purchase the Warring Water System in Ventura County and the East Pasadena Water System in Los Angeles County. These acquisitions will help achieve the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) goal of consolidating small water systems.

Serving approximately 500 customers, Rio Plaza joins Cal Am’s Ventura County service district, which includes approximately 21,000 households and businesses and serves a population of approximately 63,000.

In a press release, Chris Mattis, Cal Am’s Director of Southern California Operations, said, “We look forward to welcoming our new Rio Plaza customers and are eager to introduce them to our various programs that include rebates, free water conservation services, and devices. Cal Am maintains a staff of qualified personnel who are experts in their field and duly certified by the SWRCB.”

John Chris Nickel, Sr. of Rio Plaza noted, “Cal Am and Rio Plaza share a goal of providing dependable water services to customers in Ventura County. We believe Cal Am will provide the best service to our customers, and we look forward to their active participation in the community.”

On June 3, Liberty Utilities (Park Water) Corp. acquired Mesa Crest Water Company, which serves approximately 500 customer connections in the Los Angeles County community of La Cañada Flintridge. The purchase meets the objective in the California Public Utilities Commission’s Water Action Plan for larger investor-owned water utilities to acquire and upgrade small water systems throughout California to maintain the highest standards of water quality and reliable service.

President Chris Alario, Liberty Utilities California, stated in a press release, “We are proud and genuinely excited to provide water service to the La Cañada Flintridge community. Liberty Utilities is a professional water provider that holds itself to the highest standards for service, water quality, and customer care. Our team of dedicated professionals looks forward to being a trusted community partner, today and for generations to come.”

Liberty Utilities, a values-driven company committed to quality, care, and efficiency, provides regulated water, wastewater, natural gas, electric, and propane/air utility services to more than 750,000 customers across the nation.

“We welcome Liberty Utilities to the La Cañada Flintridge community and look forward to a long and productive partnership,” said Mark R. Alexander, La Cañada Flintridge City Manager.