Approximately 750 local residents who had saved at least the original State-mandated water-use reduction of 20 percent during this drought attended Cal Water’s Customer Appreciation Day event at the Stockton Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 14. Customers who had stayed within their water budgets cumulatively from June 2015 through February 2016 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 Stockton 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 Stockton District Manager John Freeman, Jr. “Thanks to their efforts, we surpassed the State’s original target for our community of 20 percent.”
Freeman praised residents in attendance for being leaders in conservation. City Councilmembers Christina Fugazi and Michael Blower, and Assemblymember Susan Eggman’s representative, Zenet Negron, presented proclamations to Cal Water and its customers for their achievements.
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 for prizes, a photo booth, balloon animals, and face painting. Additionally, attendees were invited to bring canned goods to support the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. Customers filled three barrels with food for the homeless, and Freeman presented the organization with a $1,000 check from the company as part of its Cal Water Cares program.
“We not only wanted to be thankful for and celebrate our customers’ efforts during this historic drought,” Freeman, Jr. said. “We also wanted to use this opportunity to help those in need. We’re thrilled to partner with the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, which does such good work for the community throughout the year.”