Why should I bother conserving water?

CalWaterBearGulchFor one, a significant rate increase is starting in July

From a Letter Written by California Water Service


Current water bills reflect a significant increase in the wholesale water rates from the San Francisco regional water system, which is the main source of water for the Peninsula.  The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is in the midst of a $4.3 billion program to improve seismic safety and overall reliability of the regional water system.  In addition, the SFPUC is increasing rates to reflect lower sales in recent years due to drought and conservation.

California Water Service Company (Cal Water) has filed Advice Letter 2035, which requests that the California Public Utilities Commisssion (CPUC) approve a rate increase of $4,612,900, or 14.7%, in its Bear Gulch District.  Cal Water's proposed rates are a pass-through of the increase in purchase water costs imposed by SFPUC.  The CPUC has determined that expenses for purchased water are not under Cal Water's control and that pass-through is just and reasonable if properly calculated.

The offset costs are variable in nature, so Cal Water has designed rates with 100% of the increase in the quantity rates.  The monthly service charge remains the same.  A typical metered customer with a 5/8" x3/4" meter using 26 Ccf of water per month would see a monthly water bill increase of $17.89, or 15.5%, from $115.62 at present rate to $133.51.

A copy of Advice Letter 2035 is available on Cal Water's web site and may be obtained from the company's local office by calling (650) 367-6800.  Cal Water offers many programs to help you manage your water bill, including a low-income ratepayer assistance program, water conserving appliance rebates, and other conservation programs.  please visit our web site at www.calwater.com to take advantage of these opportunities.

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