In Our Community
California American Water is an active community partner in the San Diego County Service Area. Whether it’s the Imperial Beach Business Expo or the U.S. Sandcastle Competition, employees are there to reinforce the conservation message and answer customer questions. California American Water is also an active sponsor of a number of charitable events in the community it serves, such as Imperial Beach’s annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition. In addition, our employees support Water for People.
Since 2008, California American Water implemented a resource efficiency and education program through Resource Action Programs (RAP). The program begins with classroom discussions teaching the importance of using water and energy efficiently, followed by hands-on, creative problem solving. Students take home a kit that contains high-efficiency measures and with the help of their parents/guardians, they install the measures in their homes and complete a Home Survey. By installing and monitoring the new efficiency measures in their own homes, students are able to gauge what they have learned with actual water, energy, and monetary savings. The materials also meet state and national educational standards, which allow the program to easily fit into teachers’ existing schedules. Since 2008 over 6,200 students in San Diego County have gone through this program.
The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca
California American Water provides free field trips and educational tours at the Water Conservation Garden. Pam Meisner, also known as Ms. Smarty-Plants, directs these tours, discussing various subjects such as water conservation and plant adaptations. Furthermore, California American Water provides free educational presentations to schools located throughout the San Diego County Service Area.
Ms. Smarty-Plants teaches children about the water cycle.
The California Native Plant Garden displays drought tolerant plants that save water.
California American Water at 2011's official U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition in Imperial Beach.