California Water Service Group

11/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/19/2019 13:08

California Water Service's Salinas and King City Districts Donate $19,000 to Help Those in Need During Holiday Season

SALINAS, Calif. - During this season of giving, California Water Service (Cal Water) partnered with local legislators and charitable organizations on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, to help feed and provide services to families in need. Through the utility's annual Operation Gobble program, Cal Water donated $11,000, along with an additional $8,000 in Butterball turkey gift certificates, to ensure Salinas Valley families could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and receive support throughout the holidays.

'Cal Water is committed to improving the lives of those in the communities we serve, and we understand the financial stress the holidays can bring for those already struggling to make ends meet,' said District Manager Brenda Granillo. 'That is why, every year around this time, we find opportunities to alleviate that stress and make the holidays a little brighter here in the Salinas Valley.'

According to Granillo, Operation Gobble donations come from the utility's philanthropic giving program, not from water rates. Donations were presented to Sun Street Center, LULAC, East Salinas Family Center, Victory Mission, First United Methodist Church, Salvation Army of Salinas, Dorothy's Place, YWCA, Partners for Peace, Harmony at Home, Hebbron Family Center, Loaves & Fishes, and the Salvation Army of Soledad. Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter and representatives from Assemblymember Robert Rivas' and State Senator Anna Caballero's offices assisted with the Butterball donations.

Cal Water serves about 123,200 people through 31,300 service connections in Salinas, approximately 15,400 people through 3,000 service connections in King City, and about 2 million people through 486,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1962. Additional information may be obtained online at