CPUC Decision Could Lower Water Bill Surcharges For Millions of Californians

South San Francisco, CA   August 25, 2020 Press Release

CPUC DECISION COULD LOWER WATER BILL SURCHARGES

FOR MILLIONS OF CALIFORNIANS

 

WHAT: For the past 12 years about 3 million Californians have had to deal with unpredictable and confusing water bills. That could change if the California Public Utilities Commission adopts the Public Advocates Office’s recommendation to eliminate a water program that allows utilities to place additional charges on customer bills due to incorrect company sales forecasting. California is one of four states that still has this outdated program in place. The more customer friendly program up for adoption at the CPUC will require water utilities to be more transparent with forecasting while incentivizing customers to conserve water. This will lead to more affordable bills for Californians, significantly reducing the potential for high surcharges. The Public Advocates Office has been tirelessly advocating for putting more transparency mechanisms like this in place. With many Californians experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19, it is especially critical for customers to have more stable rates.

 

WHO:

The Public Advocates Office, California Public Utilities Commission

 

WHEN:

This Thursday, August 27th at 10 a.m. PST

 

WHERE:

The CPUC’s Voting Meeting will be accessible remotely only:

Webcast: www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc

Phone: 1-800-857-1917, passcode: 9899501

 

CONTACT:

Maya Chupkov, Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach

Maya.Chupkov@cpuc.ca.gov

415-793-8710

 

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