What changes are being made to my bill starting January 1, 2018?

Customer bills will reflect a number of changes effective January 1, 2018, as approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The charges vary by district and are detailed below.

Bakersfield, Bay Area Region (Bayshore/Redwood Valley except Lucerne), Bear Gulch, Chico, Dixon, Kern River Valley (minus Squirrel Mountain), Livermore, Los Altos, Marysville, Monterey Region (King City/Salinas), Oroville, Selma, Stockton, Visalia, and Willows

  • An increase for capital improvements made in the water system that were not previously in rates, but approved by the CPUC to be included in rates at a later time
  • An increase due to a true-up of the Sales Reconciliation Mechanism to recover fixed water system costs
  • A decrease in the CPUC reimbursement fee and an increase in the Public Purpose Program fees
  • A new, company-wide tariff for service to fire protection facilities such as fire hydrants and commercial fire sprinklers (new tariff replaces existing, district-specific tariffs for fire protection services)

Dominguez, Hermosa-Redondo, Los Angeles Region (Palos Verdes/Antelope Valley), East Los Angeles, and Westlake

  • A dollar-for-dollar pass-through of the increased cost of water purchased from our wholesale water provider
  • An increase due to a true-up of the Sales Reconciliation Mechanism to recover fixed water system costs
  • An increase for capital improvements made in the water system that were not previously in rates, but approved by the CPUC to be included in rates at a later time
  • A decrease in the CPUC reimbursement fee and an increase in the Public Purpose Program fees
  • A new, company-wide tariff for service to fire protection facilities such as fire hydrants and commercial fire sprinklers (new tariff replaces existing, district-specific tariffs for fire protection services)

Kern River Valley – Squirrel Mountain system only

  • An increase in the Safe Drinking Water Bond Act surcharge to repay the low-interest state loan used to construct four wells in the Squirrel Mountain system
  • An increase due to a true-up of the Sales Reconciliation Mechanism to recover fixed water system costs
  • An increase for capital improvements made in the water system that were not previously in rates, but approved by the CPUC to be included in rates at a later time
  • A decrease in the CPUC reimbursement fee and an increase in the Public Purpose Program fees
  • A new, company-wide tariff for service to fire protection facilities such as fire hydrants and commercial fire sprinklers (new tariff replaces existing, district-specific tariffs for fire protection services)

Redwood Valley – Lucerne system only

  • An increase in the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund surcharge to repay the zero-interest loan used to construct the Lucerne Treatment Plant
  • An increase due to a true-up of the Sales Reconciliation Mechanism to recover fixed water system costs
  • An increase for capital improvements made in the water system that were not previously in rates, but approved by the CPUC to be included in rates at a later time
  • A decrease in the CPUC reimbursement fee and an increase in the Public Purpose Program fee
  • A new, company-wide tariff for service to fire protection facilities such as fire hydrants and commercial fire sprinklers (new tariff replaces existing, district-specific tariffs for fire protection services)

Grand Oaks

  • A decrease in the CPUC reimbursement fee