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Bakman History

Tradition of Excellence

Bakman Water Company’s history dates back to southeast Fresno’s transformation from a farming community to a suburban setting. The Bakman family, a group of local farmers, spurred the transformation when Bakman Ranch, a family owned peach farm, was subdivided into individual home sites. In the 1940's, the Health Department insisted on one water well per acre, but the Bakmans wanted to cut each acre into four or five lots to sell individually. In order to support the new subdivision and meet the Health Department's regulations, Bakman Water Company formed in 1948 and put in a community water system to meet the increasing water demands of a growing community.

As the wells of neighboring residents went dry, Bakman Water Company began to expand and lay pipes down the streets after enough residents were willing to pay for the water services. Richard Leroy Bakman, known as "Dick", a local entrepreneur and community leader, became President of the water company and started marketing its services to the surrounding area. Those who originally didn’t want nor need Bakman’s water soon realized the benefits and eventually hooked up to the system.

Today, Dick's vision and dedication to his community lives on. His son, Richard Timothy Bakman, known as "Tim", is now President of Bakman Water Company and has successfully navigated the company’s growth into the 21st century. Bakman Water Company has become a dedicated water utility service provider for the Southeast Fresno region. Our California Public Utilities Commission authorized service area and territory boundary is defined in our Tariff Book as, "The area bounded by Olive Avenue, East Kings Canyon Road, Winery Avenue and Fowler Avenue, located approximately 1-1/2 miles east of Fresno and vicinity, Fresno County."

Bakman Water Company continues to move forward and innovatively grow with the community, as it is seeing its third generation of Bakman family members continuing the tradition of serving its customers with pride and integrity.



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Bakman Water Company
P.O. Box 7965
Fresno, CA 93747
Phone: 559-255-0324
Fax: 559-255-3291
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