On April 27, 2017, Liberty Utilities Apple Valley (Liberty Apple Valley) Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism (WRAM) and Modified Cost Balancing Account (MCBA) annual filings were approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has resulted in lower water rates for Apple Valley customers.
As a state-regulated water provider, Liberty Apple Valley utilizes the WRAM and MCBA balancing accounts to ensure it collects only the approved amount to operate and maintain the local water system. Customers receive a credit to refund any over-collected revenue or a temporary surcharge to make up a difference.
Additionally, Liberty Utilities Apple Valley’s request for a one-year delay in filing its General Rate Case for 2018–2020 was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission earlier this year. The two-and-a-half year base rate freeze helps to fulfill Liberty Utilities’ pledge to stabilize water rates in Apple Valley.
Implementing both adjustments, Liberty Apple Valley water rates decreased on May 1, 2017, when the WRAM/MCBA temporary surcharge on customer bills adjusts from $0.169 to $0.065 per CcF (748 gallons) of water. The typical Liberty Apple Valley residential customer uses 11.655 CcF (8,716 gallons) of water each month and will see a net decrease of approximately $2.42 on their bi-monthly water bill.
We want customers to have meaningful input regarding how Liberty Apple Valley maintains the water system to support current and future residents. Receiving customer and stakeholder input will also help us provide Apple Valley customers with reliable, high-quality water and great customer service for years to come. We believe this is the right thing to do to demonstrate our commitment, transparency and accountability.