California American Water Signs Equal Pay Pledge

SACRAMENTO – May 5, 2023 –   California American Water has affirmed its commitment to be an employer of choice by signing California’s Equal Pay Pledge, a partnership between the Office of the First Partner, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to minimize the gender-related pay gap.

“I am proud to sign the Equal Pay Pledge, affirming the critical importance of pay equity,” said Kevin Tilden, President of California American Water. “California American Water regularly reviews pay equity, to ensure that our pay decisions are based on the talents and skills of our employees, and do not reflect factors such as gender, race, or ethnicity. We strive to reflect the communities we serve, and it is our goal to create more opportunities for women in the water industry.”

By signing the pledge, California American Water has committed to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis, reviewing its hiring and promotion procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers, and promoting best practices to help close the pay gap.

Since the launch of the Equal Pay Pledge in April 2019, the effort has connected employers to educational efforts on pay disparity and encouraged companies to examine internal policies and practices. More than 100 major corporate commitments have been made, reaching hundreds of thousands of employees. Learn more by visiting

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to more than 725,000 people. Information regarding California American Water’s service areas can be found on the company’s website

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and Follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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