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Washington, D.C. 20549




Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): August 16, 2022



(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter) 


(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission file number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)


1720 North First Street
San Jose, California
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)


(408) 367-8200

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Shares, par value $0.01   CWT   New York Stock Exchange


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined by Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.


On August 17, 2022, California Water Service Group (the “Company”) issued the press release attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this current report and incorporated by reference herein.


The information and exhibit furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 of this Current Report shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.


Item 8.01. Other Events.


In connection with the quarterly recommencement of sales under its at-the-market equity program pursuant to the prospectus supplement dated April 29, 2022 to the prospectus dated April 28, 2022, the Company is affirming that, as disclosed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for periods ended March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022 (the “Prior Reports”), the Company’s net income and net other income in each period are affected by increases or decreases in unrealized gains or losses on non-qualified benefit plan investments. As disclosed in the Prior Reports, increases and decreases in unrealized gains or losses on non-qualified benefit plan investments are driven primarily by market conditions, which is a factor outside the Company’s immediate control. Accordingly, the Company’s net income and net other income in future periods are expected to continue to be similarly affected, potentially significantly, by increases or decreases in unrealized gains or losses on non-qualified benefit plan investments, particularly during periods of significant market volatility or significantly favorable or unfavorable market conditions. Investors should review this information in conjunction with the Prior Reports and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


We hereby furnish the following exhibit, which shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, with this report:


Exhibit No.   Description
99.1   Press Release August 17, 2022
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date: August 17, 2022

By: /s/ Thomas F. Smegal
  Name: Thomas F. Smegal
  Title: Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer





Exhibit 99.1



August 17, 2022

For immediate release



BVRT Utility Holding Company Subsidiary Enters into Long-Term Water Supply Agreement, Expanding Customer Growth Opportunities Near Austin, Texas


California Water Service Group Subsidiary Texas Water Service, Majority Investor of BVRT Utility Holding Company, Grows Investment in Lone Star State




SAN JOSE, Calif.— California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) announced today that Camino Real Utility (Camino Real), a wholly owned subsidiary of BVRT Utility Holding Company (BVRT), has entered into a long-term water supply agreement with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA), a water conservation and reclamation district established by the Texas Legislature that oversees water resources for 10 counties.


Under the terms of the agreement with GBRA, Camino Real will receive up to 2,419 acre-feet of potable water annually. The GBRA agreement involves four off-takers, including Camino Real, and GBRA plans to extend a potable water pipeline from the City of Lockhart to the City of Mustang Ridge and surrounding areas. Camino Real will be the utility service provider in this fast-growing area of the Austin metropolitan region and will provide potable water, recycled water, and wastewater services to portions of the City of Mustang Ridge and surrounding areas. GBRA plans to extend a water supply pipeline from Lockhart, Texas, into the Mustang Ridge area. Camino Real will invest over $40 million in capital in the first phase of the water supply pipeline project as one of four off-takers.


California Water Service Group subsidiary, Texas Water Service, is the majority equity investor in BVRT, a Texas-based utility development company owning and operating six wastewater utilities that serve growing communities outside of Austin and San Antonio.







“We are pleased to be growing our investment in Texas, in a dynamic area with considerable opportunities for growth,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, California Water Service Group President and Chief Executive Officer.


Texas Water Service is investing funds to enable BVRT to continue to build its water and wastewater infrastructure. The company is actively and aggressively pursuing additional opportunities to build and enhance water and wastewater infrastructure.


“BVRT is an excellent partner with key strategic relationships in this growing part of Texas. Our Texas Water Service team looks forward to working with BVRT to provide more people with the reliable utility services that are vital to every community’s success,” Kropelnicki said.


About California Water Service Group


California Water Service Group is the parent company of regulated utilities California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, Washington Water Service, and Texas Water Service, a utility holding company. Together, these companies provide regulated and non-regulated water and wastewater service to more than 2 million people in California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington. California Water Service Group’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWT.” Additional information is available online at







This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("Act"). The forward-looking statements are intended to qualify under provisions of the federal securities laws for "safe harbor" treatment established by the Act. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information, expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections, and management's judgment about the Company, the water utility industry and general economic conditions. Such words as would, expects, intends, plans, believes, estimates, assumes, anticipates, projects, predicts, forecasts or variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. They are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from what is contained in a forward-looking statement. Factors that may cause a result different than expected or anticipated include, but are not limited to: ability of Camino Real and GBRA to operate under the water supply agreement in an efficient and effective manner as well as to execute on project expansion plans; natural disasters, public health crises, pandemics, epidemics or outbreaks of a contagious disease, such as the outbreak of coronavirus (or COVID-19); governmental and regulatory commissions' decisions, including decisions on proper disposition of property; consequences of eminent domain actions relating to our water systems; changes in regulatory commissions' policies and procedures; the timeliness of regulatory commissions' actions concerning rate relief and other actions; changes in water quality standards; changes in environmental compliance and water quality requirements; electric power interruptions; housing and customer growth trends; the impact of opposition to rate increases; our ability to recover costs; availability of water supplies; issues with the implementation, maintenance or security of our information technology systems; civil disturbances or terrorist threats or acts; the adequacy of our efforts to mitigate physical and cyber security risks and threats; the ability of our enterprise risk management processes to identify or address risks adequately; labor relations matters as we negotiate with unions; changes in customer water use patterns and the effects of conservation; the impact of weather, climate, natural disasters, and diseases on water quality, water availability, water sales and operating results, and the adequacy of our emergency preparedness; and, other risks and unforeseen events. When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the cautionary statements included in this paragraph, as well as the annual 10-K, Quarterly 10-Q, and other reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Company assumes no obligation to provide public updates of forward-looking statements.


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