Approximately 800 local residents attended Cal Water’s customer appreciation day event at the Quiet Cannon Conference and Event Center in Montebello on Saturday, Nov. 21. Customers who had stayed within their water budgets this summer were invited to engage in interactive water conservation games and activities, learn about water-efficient irrigation, take home water conservation kits and drought-tolerant plants, have lunch, and enjoy other activities.
“Cal Water commends our East Los Angeles customers for their exceptional response to the drought, after already using water so wisely to be given the lowest conservation target from the State, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank them,” said East Los Angeles District Manager Dan Armendariz.
California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, a native of East Los Angeles, praised East Los Angeles residents in attendance for “leading the state” in conservation. Other public officials represented at the event were Assemblymember Ed Chau, and former Assemblymember and current Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District Vice President Mike Eng.
Activities included conservation-themed games and activities, such as creating miniature conservation gardens and assembling customized conservation kits with high-efficiency plumbing retrofit devices to take home. Other activities included Plinko games, face painting, “build your own garden” ice cream sundae buffet, balloon animals, and a magician. All attendees were given umbrellas and other items.
In addition, attendees were invited to bring canned goods to support Help the Children, a local food bank. Customers filled more than three barrels with food for Help the Children, and Armendariz presented the organization with a $4,000 check from the company as part of its annual Operation Gobble program.
“With Thanksgiving upon us, we not only wanted to be thankful for and celebrate our customers’ efforts during this historic drought,” Armendariz said. “We also wanted to use this opportunity to help those in need this holiday season. We’re thrilled to partner with Help the Children, which does such good work for the community, not just at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year.”