California Water Service Signs Agreement to Acquire Gunner Ranch West Wastewater System

California Water Service Group
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- California Water Service (Cal Water), the largest subsidiary of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the wastewater system assets of Gunner Ranch Inc., which currently serves a large section of southern Madera County including Valley Children’s Hospital. At buildout, the new Gunner Ranch West wastewater system will also serve a new development area including a planned 2,840 residential units, along with 2 million square feet of commercial and other medical facilities. The purchase is subject to customary closing conditions, and the transaction is expected to close by early 2021.

Subject to the fulfillment of conditions to closing of the agreement, Cal Water expects to provide wastewater service to Valley Children’s Hospital beginning in 2021 and the Gunner Ranch West new development service area once the California Public Utilities Commission has approved Cal Water’s request to serve the area.

“We are pleased to expand our footprint in the growing Madera County region and appreciate Gunner Ranch Inc.’s confidence in our expertise,” said Marty Kropelnicki, Cal Water President and CEO. “We also look forward to providing the safe, reliable wastewater service our community members need for their everyday and emergency needs.”

California Water Service serves approximately 2 million people through 489,600 customer connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the state since 1926. For more information, visit www.calwater.com.

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Contact: Yvonne Kingman, 310-257-1434