Valencia Mesa System Purchase Complete

NewsCalifornia Water Service Group (Group) announced that its New Mexico subsidiary, New Mexico Water, closed its purchase of Valencia Mesa LLC Water System, also known as the Hi Mesa Water System, yesterday. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission granted approval of the transaction last week, and the utility will commence operation of the system immediately.

The Hi Mesa Water System serves about 85 customer connections and is located in Los Lunas, N.M., part of the unincorporated area of Valencia County. The system is located approximately one mile from New Mexico Water’s Meadow Lake service area and will become part of the Meadow Lake system.

“We are pleased to now own and operate the Hi Mesa Water System; we thank the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for its diligent review and approval, and Valencia Mesa for working with us over the past several months to ensure a seamless transition,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, Group President and CEO. “Throughout our company’s history, we have remained committed to providing safe, clean water and excellent service to each customer, every day, and we look forward to doing the same for our Hi Mesa customers.”

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