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DOWNEY, Calif. — Park Water Company (Park Water) and Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company (Ranchos) announced another strong year of purchasing goods and services from minority, women and service disabled veteran businesses. The percent spend with diverse suppliers reached 39.1 percent, which exceeded the California Public Utility Commission’s target of 21.5 percent for the fourth year in a row. Park Water operates three water systems in southeast Los Angeles County for the communities of Norwalk, Bellflower, Compton, Lynwood, Willowbrook, Artesia, and Santa Fe Springs, while Ranchos serves approximately 50 square miles in Apple Valley and parts of San Bernardino County.
All of us at Park Water and Ranchos have a tremendous responsibility to provide reliable, quality water service while creating opportunities for businesses that reflect the richly diverse communities we serve, said Christopher Schilling, President and Chief Executive Officer.
We have actively sought to develop relationships with talented minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as enterprises led by disabled veterans. In addition, we look to support the economies of the communities we serve by doing business locally whenever we can.
In 2014, Park Water and Ranchos purchased almost $10 million in products and services from more than 30 diverse suppliers. As both companies continue their multi-year capital investment projects to upgrade water delivery infrastructure, diverse suppliers will be critical partners in shaping new ways of doing business, promoting cost savings, and connecting to the communities served.
About Park Water Company and Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company
Park Water Company (Park Water) delivers safe, reliable water and exceptional service to about 126,000 people in seven southeast Los Angeles County communities since 1937. Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co. (Ranchos) delivers safe, reliable water and exceptional service to about 63,000 people in the Town of Apple Valley and parts of San Bernardino County. In addition to Ranchos, Park Water owns Mountain Water Co. serving about 72,000 people in Missoula, Montana.
Source: Park Water Company