Bakersfield District Donates More Than $36 Million in Infrastructure Improvement Projects and Local Charities

Cal Water’s Bakersfield District reaffirmed its commitment to improving the communities it serves in 2017 by donating $66,500 to local charitable organizations and investing $36,160,000 dollars in infrastructure improvement projects.

This year, the Bakersfield District helped non-profits provide vital services to community members in need by donating to the American Cancer Society, Bakersfield Homeless Center, Ronald Mcdonald House, Bakersfield Senior Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County, Garden Pathways, Inc., and other organizations. The funds were donated as part of the utility’s philanthropic giving program and not paid for by ratepayers.

In addition to providing monetary contributions, Bakersfield District employees regularly volunteered with the Rotary Club, Boys and Girls Clubs, Garden Pathways, Inc., and other organizations. Bakersfield District employees also participated in the Relay for Life, Cruizin-4-Charity, and Bakersfield Marathon, and the district hosted a Toys for Tots drive.

"We are glad to partner with these important organizations, which provide such essential services to our community," said District Manager Mike Mares. "California Water Service values being able to give back to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve."

Among the infrastructure improvement projects that were completed in 2017, the Bakersfield District installed almost six miles of water main to improve water system reliability, and installed 16 water treatment vessels to ensure water quality meets all federal and state standards. According to Mares, many more infrastructure upgrades are slated for 2018.

"Our promise to our customers is to provide them with quality, service, and value. By investing in our infrastructure, we can ensure our customers continue to receive a reliable, high-quality water supply around the clock and that this promise is fulfilled for generations to come," said Mares.