By C.J. SALGADO
The California Water Service Company treated many of its East Los Angeles District customers and their families to a celebratory lunch to recognize their exemplary water conservation efforts during a historic drought.
The most recent water usage report issued by the utility, known as Cal Water, shows that East L.A. water users have reduce consumption by 17.3%. That’s more than twice the state mandated conservation goal of 8%.
About 800 persons attended the event at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, according to Yvonne Kingman, Corporate Communications Manager for Cal Water. Festivities at this customer appreciation event included a full-course lunch, music, water conservation information booths, as well as ice cream, face painting, and freebies for the kids.
Catherine J.K. Sandoval, a Commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which regulates utilities, and a native of East Los Angeles, made a special appearance, as well. Sandoval said that East Los Angeles was a “model of water conservation.”
Despite being commended for conserving water, some wondered why we’re even worrying about drought when heavy winter rains are being forecast as part of a “Godzilla” El Niño. But Daniel Armendariz Jr., East Los Angeles District Manager for Cal Water, cautioned that the rains may not be enough to pull the state out of the drought. In fact, he said, Governor Jerry Brown may extend the current water conservation measures past their February 2016 end date.
For now, though, this community celebrated a well-earned achievement in conserving a most precious resource.
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