The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is a state agency created by Constitutional amendment that regulates privately owned telecommunications, electric, natural gas, water, railroad, rail transit, passenger transportation companies, in addition to authorizing video franchises.
The CPUC’s five Governor-appointed Commissioners are responsible to ensure that California utility customers have safe, reliable utility service at reasonable rates, protecting utility customers from fraud, and promoting the health of California’s economy.
The CPUC plays a key role in making California a national and international leader on a number of clean energy related initiatives and policies designed to benefit consumers, the environment, and the economy. The CPUC headquarters are in San Francisco with field offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego.
The Public Utility Act of 1912 mandated that private utility companies such as Liberty Utilities be regulated. As a result, we are required to review our rates and file a General Rate Case every three years, we must submit a General Rate Case (GRC) application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Performed every three years, the GRC is the major regulatory proceeding which provides the CPUC an opportunity to perform an exhaustive examination of Liberty Utilities operations and costs. The CPUC takes a broad, in-depth look at our revenues, expenses and financial outlook and considers the quality of service and other factors to arrive at just and reasonable rates.
Our customers pay a service charge, a fee for being connected to the system, which stays the same no matter how much water you use. This fee pays for a part of our fixed costs such as pipelines and wells. You also pay a quantity charge for each 100 cubic foot (1ccf) of water you use. 1ccf is 748 gallons. This charge covers our remaining fixed costs and variable costs such as gas, electricity and disinfection chemicals.
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Residential water bills are mailed every other month, covering 2 months of service.
Liberty Utilities is an investor-owned public water utility regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The following Rates and Tariff Schedules and rules have been filed with and approved by the CPUC and governs our operation.
Full Cost Pricing of Utility Services
No doubt some water utilities are waiting for the dawn of a new era of federal public works programs with outright grants to provide for the upkeep of their pipes, pumps and treatment facilities. The federal treasury is a far-off solution, one that raises many issues of efficiency and equity on a national scale, pitting the older systems of the Northeast and upper Midwest against the newer systems of the Sunbelt and West.
A case can be made that rate payers are not anywhere near paying for the full cost of our nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Liberty Utilities revenue requirements, the amount of money needed for us to operate and maintain facilities, cover capital expenses, and provide an opportunity to earn a return on our investments are evaluated. Rates to collect that revenue are set by the CPUC. Liberty Utilities rates reflect the true cost of water and are not subsidized by property taxes or other outside funding.
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American Water Works Association: The Authoritative Resource on Safe Water
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Every year, water utilities provide customers with a detailed report on the quality of their drinking water. Liberty Utilities Consumer Confidence Report can be found from the home page.
UN focuses on safe water in ‘Water for Life’ decade
Links to Consumer Sites
Check out these relevant water related consumer websites
* The American Water Works Association Consumer Website
* The Environmental Protection Agency
* California Department of Public Health-Water
* Department of Water Resources
* The California Public Utilities Commission