A $1,000 donation and more than two barrels full of canned goods were presented to the Esplanade House on Saturday, July 9, as part of Cal Water’s Customer Appreciation Day event at the Chico Elks Lodge. Approximately 750 local residents who had saved at least the original State-mandated water-use reduction of 32 percent during this drought participated in the event; attendees added to the charitable efforts, while they took part in fun and educational water conservation activities.
Customers who had stayed within their water budget cumulatively from June 2015 through April 2016 were invited to engage in interactive water conservation activities, learn about water-efficient irrigation and landscaping, take home water conservation kits and drought-tolerant plants, enjoy lunch, and participate in a canned food drive for the Esplanade House, a transitional supportive housing program for homeless families in Chico.
Customers filled barrels with food for the organization, and Chico District Manager, Pete Bonacich, presented the organization with a $1,000 check from the company as part of its Cal Water Cares philanthropic program. Donations from Cal Water Cares originate from the company and not ratepayer funds.
“Cal Water commends our Chico customers for their exceptional response to the drought, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank them and let them know how much we appreciate their hard work,” said Bonacich. “Thanks to their efforts, we reduced more than one-third of our water use collectively here in Chico.”
“We not only wanted to be thankful for and celebrate our customers’ efforts during this historic drought, we also wanted to use this opportunity to help those in need,” Bonacich said. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Esplanade House, which does such good work for the community throughout the year.”
Event activities also included creating miniature conservation gardens and assembling customized conservation kits with high-efficiency plumbing retrofit devices to take home. Other highlights included a photo booth, balloon animals, and face painting.