City of Norwalk Approves Sale of its Artesia Service Area Water System to Golden State Water Company


Norwalk, Calif. – On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, the Norwalk City Council approved the sale of the Artesia Service Area Water System (ASA Water System) to Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water), an investor-owned water utility that serves over 1 million customers in 80 California communities and nearly 11,000 customers in the neighboring City of Artesia.

The city concluded that Golden State Water has the experience, expertise and capacity to maintain an aging water system that requires considerable capital improvements. The water system has 891 service connections, serving about 2,300 Artesia residents outside Norwalk’s municipal boundaries. 

“To ensure the treatment and delivery of reliable, quality water, Golden State Water is committed to using its resources and technical experience to make capital investments in the Artesia Service Area Water System,” said Paul Rowley, Senior Vice President, Regulated Water Utility with Golden State Water Company. “We don’t want our customers to ever worry about the quality of water coming from their taps.”

The sale, which is projected to conclude around December 2025, requires the approval of the Public Utilities Commission.

Golden State Water intends to consolidate the water system into its Central Basin East Customer Service Area, which serves approximately 20,000 customers. Consolidating small systems with larger systems is an effective approach to controlling costs while investing in water infrastructure projects critical to maintaining safe water drinking standards and superior customer service, according to sources such as the State Water Resources Control Board.


Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) and provides water service to approximately 1 million customers throughout 10 counties in Northern, Coastal and Southern California. American States Water Company also owns a contracted services subsidiary, American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS). ASUS provides operations, maintenance and construction management services for water and wastewater systems located on military bases throughout the country under 50-year privatization contracts with the U.S. government. Bear Valley Electric Service is also a subsidiary and distributes electricity to approximately 24,000 customers in the City of Big Bear Lake and surrounding areas in San Bernardino County.