Press Release

Cal Water Signs Water Exchange Agreement with Kern County Water Agency

The agreement secures the future for two crucial water treatment plants

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) announced today that it has reached a mutually beneficial agreement with Improvement District No. 4 (ID4) of in order to provide a reliable water supply to customers. Water deliveries will be facilitated by a prior agreement between ID4 and the Kern Delta Water District (Kern Delta), with the cooperation of the City of Bakersfield.

"This is great news for our customers, and I want to thank our partners in this endeavor: ID4, the Agency, Kern Delta, and the City of Bakersfield. We are all in this drought together, and I am so pleased that we were able to come together to solve some very real water supply problems," said Cal Water Bakersfield District Manager Rudy Valles.

Through the agreement, ID4 will deliver up to 10,000 acre-feet of water from Kern River to the City of Bakersfield's intake, which will be used at Cal Water's Northwest and Northeast Water Treatment Plants. In exchange, Cal Water will deliver up to 10,000 acre-feet of banked water to ID4 through the City of Bakersfield's 2,800-acre recharge facility.

Cal Water serves about 273,800 people through 69,100 service connections in Bakersfield. The company has provided water service in the area since 1927. Additional information may be obtained online at