SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At its meeting today, the California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) Board of Directors declared the company's 304th consecutive quarterly dividend, increasing the annual dividend by $0.07, or 8.2%, from $0.85 to $0.92. This represents the company’s 54th consecutive annual dividend increase. The quarterly dividend of $0.23 per common share will be payable on February 19, 2021 to stockholders of record on February 8, 2021.
California Water Service Group is the parent company of California Water Service, Washington Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, Inc., CWS Utility Services, and HWS Utility Services. Together, these companies provide regulated and non-regulated water service to approximately 2 million people in more than 100 California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii communities. California Water Service Group’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWT.” Additional information is available at our web site at www.calwatergroup.com.
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