California American Water has updated its estimate of bill impacts for customers on the Monterey Peninsula. The company announced Fri., Sept. 13 that as a result of the proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project and all other rate changes proposed between now and 2018, a typical customer should expect an approximate 40 percent increase in their bill between 2013 and the end of 2018. The increase is expected to be phased in over the next five years.
The estimates reflect a major recent 16-party settlement agreement that was reached on the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project application, which is currently pending before the California Public Utilities Commission. Among the various issues settled in the agreement was a public funding contribution that could reduce the overall cost of the project. The public funding aspect was a condition of the Mayors’ JPA and is expected to cut Cal Am’s equity by as much as a half.
It also includes a desalination plant in North Marina, the size of which could also affect rates. There are components for water storage and recycled water as well.
The estimate estimates a monthly bill increase “from about $75 to about $106 or about an additional dollar per day,” the company indicated. “This is based on a typical customer who uses 74 units of water per month (10 cubic feet per unit, or about 5,600 gallons per month). Customers with different water consumption levels, both higher and lower, will be affected differently.
“California American Water conducted an analysis of how infrastructure investment over the next five years, including those anticipated in the settlement agreement, will impact the typical customer,” said a spokesperson. “The methodology assumes CPUC approval of California American Water’s full request to fund infrastructure improvements and expenses for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The following monthly bill estimate is what a typical customer can expect to pay between now and the end of 2018.”
There was no indication as to how commercial customers will be affected.
California American Water advises these numbers are provided as estimates based on current conditions and are subject to change based on actual costs and other factors.