LARKFIELD, Calif. (October 9, 2017) – California American Water has advised customers in the Larkfield Water System in Sonoma County to stop all consumption of tap water due to the yet-to-be contained fires in the area.

The fires, which have caused catastrophic damage to the local area, have damaged some of the local storage tanks and a pumping station. Because of this damage and because we cannot safely assess water quality at this time, we cannot assure our customers that the water is safe to consume.  This do-not-drink advisory will be lifted as soon as we have determined it safe to do so.

“Our hearts go out to our co-workers, customers and friends who have been affected by the fires.  Some of our infrastructure has also been impacted,” said California American Water Northern Division General Manager Audie Foster. “As such, we are advising folks in our Larkfield service area to refrain from consuming their tap water. Boiling the water will not be an effective means of purifying the water. We are working hard to protect the integrity of the water system and will restore service as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Customers are advised to use bottled water as an alternative. We are also requesting our customers to conserve water, and minimize non-fire related consumption. This advisory will remain in place until further notice.

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 660,000 people. 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting