SAN JOSE, Calif., April 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following the expansion of its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program last year, California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) today released its annual ESG Report detailing the company’s commitments and performance in 2021 across its subsidiaries.
The report, titled “Enhancing the Quality of Life: Today & Tomorrow,” highlights both ongoing efforts and significant achievements made during the year to support the utility’s ESG strategy and objectives. Among the highlights are:
Formalization and adoption of four ESG-related policies, including diversity, equality, and inclusion; human rights; environmental sustainability; and political involvement
Development of a climate change strategy, with the goal of guiding the company’s mitigation and adaptation efforts, and completion of a study on climate-related risks for the utility’s California operations, facilities, and water supply portfolio
Construction of an inline hydro-turbine system in the utility’s Waikoloa, Hawaii, service area, which is expected to generate electricity from water flowing downhill and provide a sustainable energy source to both reduce the company’s environmental footprint and offer cost savings that would be passed on to customers
Launch of operations at the Tesoro Viejo (Calif.) Wastewater Treatment and Recycled Water Production Plant, which treats wastewater from the local community for reuse
Development of a new, proposed rate design in the 2021 California General Rate Case to continue supporting infrastructure investment while promoting conservation and affordability
“California Water Service Group and our subsidiaries have always focused on doing the right thing, and our expanded ESG program formalizes and enhances related commitments to our customers, communities, employees, and stockholders,” said Marty Kropelnicki, President and CEO. “I’m pleased to present our 2021 ESG Report, which showcases the strides we have made in these areas that we believe help position us to provide quality, service, and value to our stakeholders, both now and for decades to come.”
About California Water Service Group
California Water Service Group is the parent company of regulated utilities California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, and Washington Water Service, along with Texas Water Service, a utility holding company. Together, these companies provide regulated and non-regulated water service to more than 2 million people in California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, and Hawaii. California Water Service Group’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWT.” Additional information is available online at www.calwatergroup.com.
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