Golden State Water Company Water Rate Increase
CBS Investigates Golden State Water Company
On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, CBS aired a story on Golden State Water Company's rate increase and company spending. Below is a link to the news clip.
Resolution in Support of Senate Bill 1364 Relating to Water Corporations
On March 20, 2012 the City Council approved a resolution in support of Senate Bill 1364, sponsored by Senator Bob Huff. The legislation would modify the Public Utilities Act so that water agencies would be subject to the same review and audit as other public utilities, in particular the process for rate adjustments and auditing of financial documentation. Under SB 1364, water corporations, such as Golden State Water Company, would become subject to these requirements. Residents are encouraged to contact Senator Huff to express their appreciation for introducing this legislation. In addition, residents can send letters of support for this bill by contacting State Officials. Please click here, to view a sample letter of support.
City Resolution No. R-2012-09
Golden State Water Company's Application for Water Rate Increase
Golden State Water Company has filed an application for a rate increase for 2013, 2014 and 2015 with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Golden State Water Company serves approximately 98,000 customers, including 15,300 customers in Placentia and portions of Anaheim, Cowan Heights, Lemon Heights, Orange, Santa Ana, and Yorba Linda.
If the proposed application is approved by the CPUC, an average residential customer with a 5/8 x 3/4" meter would see a monthly bill increase in 2013 of $11.59 or 24.54%. This equates to a monthly residential increase from $47.23 to $58.82, excluding any applicable temporary credits or surcharges. The increases in 2014 and 2015 would be determined at a later time and will be primarily based on inflation. A detailed breakdown of the components of the proposed rate increase can be viewed here.
If approved, the new rates would cover the increasing costs to operate and maintain the service area and allow Golden State Water Company to invest more than $13.9 million in local capital improvements. The capital improvements in the Placentia customer service area include replacing 2,900 feet of aging distribution pipelines to reduce leaks, improve fire protection, and build two new water tanks.
A copy of the Golden State Water Company’s proposed rate application may be examined at the Placentia Customer Service Area Office located at 500 Cameron Street, Placentia, CA 92870. A fact sheet on Golden State Water Company’s General Rate Case Application can be viewed here.
The public may comment or protest the rate increase by e-mail or writing to the Public Advisor's Office. All public comments are provided to the CPUC Commissioners and Administrative Law Judge assigned to the proceedings. Formal protests must be filed with CPUC no later than August 20, 2011.
Please refer to GSWC’s Application No. 11-07-017 on any written or email correspondences. It is anticipated that the CPUC will make a decision on the proposed rate increase in late fall 2012 and if approved, the new rates will become effective January 1, 2013. To view the official notice concerning the proposed rate increase, click here.
Town Hall Meeting Held to Discuss Proposed Water Rate Increase
On Monday, October 3, 2011, the Placentia City Council and Senator Bob Huff, of the 29th Senate District of California, hosted a town hall meeting to address the proposed water rate increase from Golden State Water Company. Robert Hanford, District Manager of the Golden State Water Company provided a presentation on the rate increase. To view the presentation, please click here.
Approximately 70 people attended the meeting to discuss the proposed rate increase from Golden State Water Company. The City has formally submitted a request to Golden State Water Company to respond, in writing, to the questions from the audience.
On Monday, October 17, 2011, a response was received from Golden State Water Company. To view the response to the questions from the audience, please click here.
Community Efforts in Response to the Proposed Water Rate Increase
Residents have an opportunity to send your comments, concerns, and questions to the California Public Utilities Commission at:
Public Advisor's Office
320 West 4th Street, Ste. 500
Los Angeles, CA 90013
or via email at e-mail
In addition, the Mayor and City Administrator will be meeting with officials from the California Public Utilities Commission and Golden State Water Company in Sacramento to discuss the proposed rate increase. To assist the Mayor and the City Administrator with their efforts in Sacramento, please e-sign a petition in opposition of the proposed water rate increase by clicking here. You may include additional questions, express your concerns, or comment on the proposed rate increase. This information will be collected and presented to the Commission in Sacramento.
Senator Bob Huff has also submitted a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission expressing his concerns regarding the proposed water rate increase and requested a re-notice and extension to the public comment period. To view the letter, please click here.
City's Formal Protest to Golden State Water Company's Application
The City of Placentia has submitted a formal protest to the California Public Utilities Commission in opposition of the proposed rate increase by Golden State Water Company. The protest specifically requests the City to secure the right to submit legal arguments in the proceeding and to appear before the Commission in future hearings. In addition, the City requests public participation hearings and requests the hearings to be held within the City of Placentia. To view the entire protest, please click here.
To visit Golden State Water Company's website, please visit www.gswater.com.
American States Water Company is the parent of Golden State Water Company. To visit their website please visit www.aswater.com.
To visit the California Public Utilities Commission's website, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.
Read up on another city's community effort to stop Golden State Water Company's Rate increase as well as in depth coverage on the topic by clicking here.