As we are a mutually-owned water company and issue stock in the names of the property owners, we are required by the State of California to maintain our accounts only in the name of those to whom the stock has been issued. As a result of acquiring property within our service area, the owner becomes a shareholder in our Company. OMWC does not place the account in the name of a tenant or any other non-owner, under any circumstances. This guideline applies in cases when the property has been sold, when one of the owners is deceased, and when owners have divorced. Upon request, the water bills may be sent to a different address other than the owner’s mailing address.
In order to transfer the shares for a property into the name of the new owner, a copy of the recorded Deed must be forwarded to our office as an attachment to the Application for Residential/ Commercial/Industrial Water Service and Application for Subdivision Water Service. Additionally, a completed Service Contract must be completed and submitted with the Application for Subdivision Water Service.
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The current service area encompasses approximately 10 square miles north of the City of Bakersfield in Kern County, at the south end of the San Joaquin Valley, approximately 110 miles north of Los Angeles and 290 miles southwest of San Francisco. The Kern River is the southern boundary. The west boundary generally follows Highway 99 and its frontage road north of the Kern River to Merle Haggard Drive (previously 7th Standard Road)where it turns westerly to follow Merle haggard Drive 1/8 mile to the Beardsley Canal. It then turns northwesterly and follows the Canal about one mile to the north line of Section 31 T28S, R26E, MDB&M. There it turn easterly and intersects the Kern River Oilfield, then turns southward to return to the Kern River, generally parallel to and easterly of Manor Street. Water is delivered to Chevron, Inc. for domestic use in the Kern River Oil Field. OMWC presently has, within its Service Area boundary, an unincorporated area of approximately 18 square miles. Refer to the Service Area Map below.