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PCWA Water Rate Increase

Water rates are increasing. PCWA is passing on increased costs from PG&E who increased their rates for the first time in 45 years. Customers in PCWA Zone 1 which includes the cities of Auburn, Loomis, Rocklin, Lincoln, a portion of Roseville, and surrounding unincorporated communities in western Placer County will see the increase effective Jan. 1, 2014.

PCWA’s Ierner Maisch  said rate increases are needed to cover significant increases wholesale costs to purchase water from the PG&E, along with other increasing costs of providing reliable public water service.

PCWA Rate Increase 1

PCWA is currently paying about $200,000 per year for Zone 1 water. Under the terms of the new wholesale water contract negotiated with PG&E, this amount will rise to $3 million in 2014 and to $4 million in 2015. Maisch says that equals about $25 cents a day for the average user.

PCWA Rate Increase 2

Future increases will be based on an inflationary factor. The new wholesale contract was negotiated over several months and replaces a 1968 contract that expired earlier this year.



One Response to PCWA Water Rate Increase

  1. Alex Dewey Reply

    September 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    PCWA is proposing a 8.3% increase in rates and charges in 2018. The rate increase came about in part because customers have been conserving, which reduces revenue for the utility. There is a public hearing on Nov 2nd at 2:00pm. I would say that a 2-3% increase in rates would be acceptable and reasonable. The water conservation in State of California has impacted many water agencies and its revenues. From the customer’s perspective, we are getting punished for “conserving water” or using water wisely”.

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