Beginning in July, your water bill will reflect a significant increase in the price of wholesale water 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 prices to reflect lower sales in recent years due to drought and conservation.
California Water Service (Cal Water) filed Advice Letter 2180 on May 22, 2015, requesting approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC} to increase revenue in the amount of $12,718,000, or 19.8%, in its Bayshore District. This increase would be a direct pass through of the higher water prices imposed by the SFPUC. Cal Water has designed its rates so that 100% of the SFPUC price increase would be reflected in the quantity rates that Cal Water charges customers. The monthly service charges would remain the same.
The CPUC has determined that expenses for purchased water are not under Cal Water’s control, and that a pass-through is just and reasonable if properly calculated. If the CPUC approves Cal Water’s request, a typical residential customer with a 5/8″ x 3/4″ meter who uses 11Ccf (which is 1,100 cubic feet or 8,228 gallons) of water per month would receive a monthly water bill of $71.99. This would be an increase of $12.42, or 20.8%, over a $59.97 bill at current rates.
A copy of Advice Letter 2180 is available on the internet at CLICK HERE (select the Bayshore District from the drop down menu), and may also be obtained from the company’s local office by calling (650) 558-7800. You may also contact the company’s headquarters at 1720 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112-4598, or by calling (408) 367-8200.
Cal Water offers many programs to help customers manage their water bill, including a low income ratepayer assistance (LIRA) program, water-saving appliance rebates, and other conservation programs. Please visit Cal Water’s web site to learn more about these opportunities.
CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE
For information on the seismic upgrades CLICK HERE