About Liberty Utilities
Liberty Utilities was incorporated in 1937 by Henry Wheeler, Sr. The Company’s name was selected based on water’s relation to green grass in local parks. Park is a Class A, private investor owned, public water utility operating under the regulatory oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH). It is engaged in the collection, storage, distribution, and sale of water to customers located within its certificated service areas.
Liberty Utilities certificated service area is divided into three separate water systems: Compton/Willowbrook (Compton West), Lynwood/Rancho Dominguez (Compton East), and Bellflower/Norwalk. Liberty Utilities provides water service to about 28,000 accounts in these water systems.
Liberty Utilities staff is divided between those operating and maintaining the water systems and those that provide corporate services to all of Liberty Utilities companies.
Liberty Utilities motto of “Safety and Service” is exemplified by its dedicated staff who is proactively involved with implementing new technology and regulations through their active involvement in various associations. In addition, Liberty Utilities actively promotes employee education and training in order to continue its mission of providing superior customer service.
Liberty Utilities employees include Registered Professional Engineers; Certified Public Accountants; Certified Water Distribution Operators; Certified Water Treatment Operators; Certified Backflow Testers; and Certified Water Conservation Specialists.
Earthquakes, storms, power outages, failure of pumps or water lines can cause unannounced interruption of water service.
Liberty Utilities utilizes an Emergency Response and Recovery Plan that provides an organized response to an event and a plan to maintain quality service to our customers. This plan is exercised regularly. In addition, Liberty Utilities will utilize its Crisis Communication Plan to inform affected individuals of the impacts from those events and will coordinate with outside agencies to ensure that it has adequate resources for an emergency situation.
The Climate Registry
The Climate Registry is a nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories and Native Sovereign Nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry.
In response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Water Action Plan, Liberty Utilities has joined the Registry. The CPUC Plan identifies policy objectives that guide them in regulating investor-owned water utilities. Just as the CPUC has done on the energy side, it plans to identify actions that water utilities can take to reduce GHG emissions and has encouraged California’s largest water utilities to join the Registry.
In September 2006, Park was the first investor-owned water utility to participate in this program. As a member, Liberty Utilities annually tracks, reports, and certifies its greenhouse gas emissions.