Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Approves Settlement in Washington Water Service Rate Change Proposal

GIG HARBOR, Wash., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Water Service (Washington Water), a subsidiary of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), received approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Commission) to increase annual revenues by $1.1 million, effective Dec. 1, 2018,  to reflect improvements that have already been made to water system infrastructure as well as increases in operating costs. 

Investments made in Washington Water’s systems include new pumping equipment and water mains to reliably deliver water to customers, water treatment facilities to meet water quality standards, wells to increase supply, and storage tanks to augment reserve supplies for customers’ everyday needs and firefighters’ emergency resources.

“We are committed to operating efficiently while ensuring our Washington customers continue to have a reliable supply of safe, high-quality water, and that our firefighters have sufficient resources to protect our communities,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO. “We appreciate the work done by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to analyze our operations, costs, and service and ensure that rates accurately reflect the costs of providing service. This enables us to stay focused on our promise to provide quality, service, and value to our customers and communities.”

Washington Water’s last rate increase occurred in February 2015, and was based on improvements made and increases in costs prior to 2014.

Washington Water serves 16,800 customer connections in nearly 200 water systems throughout the state. One of the largest regulated water utilities in the state, Washington Water (as Harbor Water and South Sound Utilities) has provided water service to Washington communities since 1970. Washington Water is a subsidiary of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT). Additional information may be obtained online at www.wawater.com

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