Article 1. Adequate Water Service of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 4. >> Chapter 7. >> Article 1.
Any water company having a franchise to use the streets of a
city, shall properly and adequately serve with water the inhabitants
of the territory for the service of which it has such franchise.
As used in this section, to "properly and adequately serve with
water" includes furnishing water of a quality meeting or exceeding
standards established by the State Department of Health pursuant to
Section 4026 of the Health and Safety Code.
If the commission has jurisdiction of extensions and service
in the city it shall enforce a compliance with Section 8201. If the
commission does not have such jurisdiction, then the governing body
of the city shall adopt rules to enforce a compliance with Section
In addition to the penalties which may be provided by the
governing body of a city for failure to comply with such regulations
adopted by it, any person aggrieved by the failure of any water
company to comply with such regulations may recover, by civil action
against such water company, twice the amount of damages he may
sustain by reason of such failure.
"Water company" as used in this article, includes any person,
firm, or private corporation engaged in the business of supplying
water for domestic use within any city.