COVID-19: Our Essential Employees Are Working Hard to Provide Uninterrupted Supply

Water systems are considered to be critical infrastructure, and our essential workers are still out every day making sure our customers continue to have a reliable supply of safe, high-quality water. Meet some of these team members who work to keep your water safe for drinking, cooking, and yes — handwashing. Check back often as we introduce more of our employees each week.

Anthony and Evan

Anthony and EvanMeet Laborers Anthony and Evan, who were essential in performing a recent emergency fire hydrant repair in our Rancho Dominguez District. We’re thankful for their work ensuring our hydrant was back in service and ready to provide our firefighters with a reliable supply of water. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Anthony and Evan are digging even deeper for their community.

Salvador

SalvadorMeet Salvador, Project Engineer, who is relocating a section of pipeline for a well at one of our Stockton District stations to make sure our customers continue to have a safe, reliable supply of water any time, any day. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Salvador is digging even deeper for his community.

Brad

BradMeet Brad, Operation Maintenance Worker, and our Chico crews as they install a temporary line stop in order to connect new pipelines for the Esplanade Main Replacement Project to the existing system without any water service interruptions to our customers. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Brad and our Chico team are digging even deeper for their community.

Maurice

MauriceMeet Maurice, Senior Engineer, as he leads an onsite meeting with crews to prepare for the installation of a new 250,000-gallon storage tank in our Bear Gulch District. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Maurice and the team are digging even deeper for their community.

Mary

MaryMeet Mary, Senior Engineer, and the team preparing for the final stages of installing a 2.6-million-gallon storage tank and booster pump station to serve our Stockton District customers. Completing this big upgrade is no small feat! At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Mary & team are digging even deeper for their community.

Raymond and Brent

Raymond and BrentMeet Raymond and Brent, Treatment Plant Operators in our Tesoro Viejo service area, who are responsible for making sure the local water meets all water quality standards and is safe to use and drink. From maintaining the water system to running more than 40 water quality tests a day, these two are committed to delivering high-quality water 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Raymond & Brent are digging even deeper for their community.

Richard

RichardMeet Richard, a Traveling Meter Mechanic and father of three in our Bakersfield District. Richard maintains the infrastructure to provide reliable water service to our large customers such as local hospitals, so our doctors and nurses can do what they do best — keep us healthy. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Richard is digging even deeper for his community.

David and Staci

David and StaciMeet David and Staci, two Chico night owls who work after the sun goes down to provide safe water service with reliable infrastructure, while reducing daytime traffic for other essential workers and motorists. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, David and Staci are digging even deeper for their community.

Austin

AustinMeet Austin and our Chico District crews as they install a 1.5-mile water main and fittings for a new fire hydrant, so our customers have the water they need every day and firefighters have a reliable supply to save lives and protect property. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Austin and team are digging even deeper for their community.

Lori

LoriMeet Lori, a Cross-Connection Control Specialist from our Visalia District. Lori helps prevent backflow from entering the water supply to help keep Visalia and Selma’s water supply safe. Her dedication to her customers doesn’t stop there — she’s helping to cross-train other team members, too. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Lori is digging even deeper for her community.

Juan

JuanMeet Juan, SCADA Supervisor, who just finished recalibrating a communications antenna at our Bear Gulch District’s fish ladder station. At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Juan is digging even deeper for his community.

Kathy H.

Kathy H.Kathy, Customer Service Manager for Cal Water’s Bayshore District, has gone above and beyond for her fellow essential workers by making face masks for the South City Police Department. Since the stay-at-home orders have been in place, Kathy has had to social distance from her husband for over three months since their home is three hours away from the district office. To keep herself busy, she began making fabric face masks for herself and family, which caught the attention of South San Francisco Mayor’s wife, Elaine Garbarino. Mrs. Garbarino asked if Kathy could make a few masks for the South City Police Department, as they were short on masks, and Kathy said, “Of course!” Since then, Kathy has been making masks for the South City Police Department and has brought in the South San Francisco Women’s Club to help with the mask production and ensure there were enough face masks for all police officers.

Martha J., Mady M., and Brad A.

Meet Martha, Mady, and Brad from our Chico District, as they make sure our fire hydrants are ready for firefighters to use on Wildfire Preparedness Week. Here, our crews raise a hydrant, an important step in providing our firefighters with a reliable water source, so they can focus on saving lives and protecting property.

At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Martha, Mady, and Cody are digging even deeper for their community.

Tim E.

Tim E., Certified Pump OperatorMeet Tim E., Certified Pump Operator from our Selma District, who ensures our Selma customers always have high-quality water they can count on. Just one of Tim’s responsibilities is taking water quality samples throughout the city every single week. That’s a lot of samples!

At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Tim is digging even deeper for his community.

Kurt W.

Kurt W.Meet Kurt W., an Electrical-Mechanical Technician based in our Bear Gulch District. Kurt helps maintain and repair components within our stations to keep the water flowing to customers, and he is happy to soak up a nice day outdoors as he reviews station schematics.

At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Kurt is digging even deeper for his community, while enjoying some nature.

Jose D. and Dave K.

Jose D. and Dave K.Meet Jose D. and Dave K. from our Bear Gulch District, who are repairing a water leak to ensure customers can stay safe at home and not worry about leaving their home for water.

At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Jose and Dave are digging even deeper for their community.

Cynthia B.

Cynthia B.Meet Cynthia B., a Utility Worker in our Salinas District, who was “super stoked” to help with an important fire hydrant extension project. We’re thankful for Cynthia’s work in ensuring North County Fire Protection District receives a reliable supply of water during an emergency.

At Cal Water, Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Cynthia is digging even deeper for her community.

Steve S.

Meet Steve S., an electrical-mechanical technician in our Dixon District. During this challenging time, Steve feels “most normal” when he’s at work, doing what he does best — making sure our critical infrastructure delivers water to customers!

At Cal Water Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, Steve is digging even deeper for his community.

Thank you to our essential workers!

Thank you to our essential workers who are continuing to deliver the high-quality water and reliable water service that we all depend on. Whether it’s washing our hands, washing our clothes or feeding our family, our workers deliver the water that keeps us going every single day.

At Cal Water Reliability Runs Deep — but during this time, our essential workers are digging even deeper for the communities they serve.

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