Thursday, 18 April 2024

Clarifications offered on rate proposals

LUCERNE – California Water Service rate increase proposals quoted in a Friday story on a March 4 CPUC hearing in Lucerne are company totals for the period of 2011-2013.

The Lucerne increases proposed are 54.9 percent for 2011, 7 percent for 2012 and 6.6 percent for 2013, a three-year total of 68.5 percent.

CWS rates manager Darin Duncan, in the company's San Jose headquarters, explained that rates vary widely throughout the company's districts in California. For instance, the 2012 proposal for the Coast Springs portion of the Redwood Valley District (which includes Lucerne) is 154.8 percent.

Duncan said the proposals reflect various district needs, including infrastructure work needed and sometimes the size of the district.

The proposal for Antelope Valley is 73 percent, among the highest, and for Palos Verdes is 6.3 percent.

The total three-year increase request for all districts is 26.5 percent.

The details are contained in the Company's full 44-page application, available online at .

In the last regularly scheduled rate hearings for Lucerne, the company originally proposed a 246 percent increase, which was reduced by about half during the CPUC hearings.


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