California Public Utilities Commission Issues Decision on California Water Service Company's 2007 General Rate Case
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
At its meeting on July 10, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a settlement between the CPUC's Division of Ratepayer Advocates and California Water Service Company (Cal Water), the largest subsidiary of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), authorizing rate increases in eight Cal Water districts.
The decision authorizes rate increases totaling $33.4 million for operating districts in Chico, East Los Angeles, Livermore, Los Altos, Mid-Peninsula (San Carlos and San Mateo), Salinas, Stockton, and Visalia. The decision also allows Cal Water to receive other rate relief, including recognition of increased system-wide costs such as healthcare, water quality requirements, and infrastructure. A copy of the full decision may be obtained at the CPUC's web site at www.cpuc.ca.gov.
In its decision, the CPUC notes, "we are not unmindful of the impact the increases will have on customers, but we are also concerned that the infrastructure of water utilities we regulate, including Cal Water's, is aging and will require significant infrastructure planning and investment in future years."
California Water Service Group is the parent company of California Water Service Company, Washington Water Service Company, New Mexico Water Service Company, Hawaii Water Service Company, Inc., and CWS Utility Services. Together these companies provide regulated and non-regulated water service to nearly 2 million people in 100 California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii communities. Group's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CWT".
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Released July 14, 2008