Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company’s website. We are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers and others who may visit our website. This notice explains our online privacy practices and how we collect and use your information at this site.  This notice is intended to help you make informed decisions concerning disclosure of information in connection with our website and related services. By using this website, whether you accessed this website directly or through a link from another website, you agree to be bound by the terms of this policy.  The type of information we collect and this policy are subject to change. Thus, please revisit this policy statement regularly.

Although we take appropriate measures in compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot guarantee that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

Our website contains links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Please read those other sites’ privacy notices, and note that we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically:

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through our website, read pages, or download information, our website gathers and stores certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not give, sell, or transfer any of this information to a third party.

Only the following information about your visit is automatically collected and stored:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, “youragency.gov” if you connect from a government domain, “yourschool.edu” if you connect from a university’s domain, or “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages you visit; and
  5. If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website.

The logs may be preserved indefinitely, and they may be used to prevent security breaches and to ensure the integrity of the data on our servers.

Cookies:

In order to provide optimal service and convenience we may use “cookies.” A cookie is a temporary code placed in your computer by our server that facilitates communication. Our site uses cookies to speed navigation, keep track of the type of services requested, to provide you with custom‑tailored content and to help us determine whether you came to our site from a particular Internet link or banner advertisement. We also use cookies to remember information you previously gave us so you don’t have to reenter it each time you visit the site.  We do not and cannot use cookies to retrieve personal information about you from your computer unless such information was knowingly and willingly provided by you.  You can adjust the settings on your computer to decline any cookies if you wish.  This can be easily done by activating the “reject cookies” setting on your computer.  However, doing so may slow the response time when you visit our site.

Security:

If you have any questions or concerns about our online policy for this site or its implementation you may contact us as set forth below.  Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on our web servers are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.

Surveys:

From time to time, we may request that you complete an on-line survey.  If you choose to provide information to help us better serve our customers’ needs or conduct research, you acknowledge that information provided through that survey may be shared with external third parties in ways to further the purpose of the survey, but which do not compromise privacy.

Disclaimer of Liability:

Neither Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company, nor any of its employees, agents or individual board members, shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained in our website and we assume no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information. In no event shall Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company, or its employees, agents or individual board members be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of Data:

Although the data found using our access systems have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, express or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company provides this information on an “as is” basis. All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses and non-infringement of proprietary rights are disclaimed. If a user has obtained information from our web pages via a source other than Bellflower-Somerset pages, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution. Data can also quickly become out of date. It is recommended that careful attention is paid to the contents of any data associated with a file, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use. If a user finds any errors or omissions, please report them to:

Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company
Attn: Cathy Cortez

10016 Flower Street, Bellflower, CA 90706

(562) 866-9980

cathy@bsmwc.com

Disclaimer of Endorsement:

Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company is a distributor of content sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, users, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of the water company and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the water company.

Disclaimer for External Links:

Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company’s website includes links to other websites. These include links to websites operated by other agencies and officials, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When a user leaves our website and visits another site, the user is subject to the privacy policy of that new site. The water company is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that the water company is not liable for the defamatory, negligent, inaccurate, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user. Links from the web pages on the World Wide Web to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from the water company. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites. The water company’s website contains links to other related World Wide Web sites and resources. Because the water company and its website are not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, the user should direct any concerns regarding any external link to the site administrator or webmaster of that externally linked site.

Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Provision of Data:

Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, pages, and files are reorganized. The user expressly agrees that the use of the water company’s website is at the user’s sole risk. The water company does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free. The documents and related graphics published on this Web or server could contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. The water company may make improvements and/or changes in the information and/or programs described herein at any time.

E-mail Addresses:

E-mail addresses obtained through the water company website will not be sold or given to other private companies for marketing purposes. E-mail or other information requests sent to the water company website may be maintained in order to respond to the request, may be forwarded to the appropriate staff at the water company, may communicate updates to the water company web pages that may be of interest to citizens, or may provide the water company website designer with valuable customer feedback to assist in improving the site. Individuals can cancel any communications regarding new service updates at any time.