Valley Water Company, which played a critical role in the development of La Cañada Flintridge by being the first to successfully bore a local well, is celebrating its 100th birthday in late September.
The company, which currently provides 3,580 service connections for a large swath of homes and businesses in the eastern and central portions of the city, will mark the milestone with an open house party on Sept. 30 at its headquarters on Hampton Road, said general manager Bob Fan.
Established in September 1910 by W. T. Somes and F.D. Lanterman (uncle to Frank D. Lanterman, who decades later represented the area in the state Assembly), Valley Water is one of the oldest and most storied water companies in the Crescenta-Cañada and San Gabriel valleys. It was the company's successes — establishing reliable ground water sources and helping to establish the Foothill Municipal District — that fostered population growth and economic progress.