Former Golden State customers should expect Casitas bills in early November

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
It's been a hard few months, but officials with Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) say they're making progress in the changeover from Golden State Water Company (GSWC).
“It's been a much larger tour than I originally thought, but we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and by January we're hoping to have everything back to normal,” said Steve Wickstrum, CMWD general manager.
CMWD is in the process of finalizing service accounts and billing procedures for nearly 3,000 new customers.
“We've been trying to get it all cleaned up — the leftovers from Golden State that they transferred to us,” Wickstrum said.
Most of CMWD's new customers have submitted to Casitas the requisite water service application, but a few have not, he added.
Water meters that don't have a current application on file by Oct. 20 will be identified and noticed for a turn-off of service.

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