Los Angeles, CA
The mission of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way.
We believe that when the community thrives, everyone benefits. That’s why we invest millions of dollars and lots of volunteer manpower in local non-profits. In 2015, our parent company, Edison International, gave $20 million to community programs that make a difference in education, the environment, public safety & preparedness, and civic engagement.
SoCalGas’ roots trace back to 1867 when the Los Angeles Gas Co., the forerunner of SoCalGas, installed 43 new manufactured gas lamps in downtown Los Angeles. At that time, natural gas was still unknown and the company sold manufactured gas made initially from asphaltum, a tar-like substance, and later from oil. The gas lighting business was enjoying modest success until Thomas Edison introduced his new electric light in 1879. To offset declining lighting revenues, the company began aggressively promoting stoves and heaters.