SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--San Jose Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of SJW Group, (NYSE:SJW) announced that earlier today the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued its decision on San Jose Water’s general rate case for the years 2019 through 2021.
The decision authorizes San Jose Water to invest $320 million in infrastructure improvements and continues the trend established by the nearly $1 billion invested in the water system over the past decade. Those investments will be supported, in part, by a rate increase of 4.55% in 2019. Rates and revenues for 2020 and 2021 will subsequently be determined based on the forecasted change in the consumer price index from the preceding year. The 2019 rate increase becomes effective Jan. 1, 2019.
“San Jose Water is committed to replacing a minimum of 24 miles of water pipes every year to ensure the safety and reliability of our water system,” stated Andrew Gere, President and Chief Operating Officer for San Jose Water. “Beyond that we are making investments in the resiliency of our tanks, pumps, reservoirs and dams, to ensure they are seismically sound. We are also making investments in new technologies that improve our abilities in the areas of early leak detection, water conservation, and customer service to better serve customers and protect the environment.”
The decision allows San Jose Water to recover up to 40% of its revenue through the service charge and reduces the amount of fixed cost that otherwise would have to be recovered through the volumetric water quantity charge. This supports rate stabilization and reduces rate uncertainty for customers if usage declines below CPUC projections.
The decision allows San Jose Water to collect about $27 million in balances from existing balancing and memorandum accounts, including the remaining balances resulting from drought-related water conservation revenue shortfall and conservation surcharge accounts. This balance will be collected via surcharges that will be spread over the next three years.
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SJW Group is a publicly traded holding company headquartered in San Jose, California. SJW Group is the parent company of San Jose Water, SJWTX, Inc. and SJW Land Company. Together, San Jose Water and SJWTX, Inc. provide water service to more than one million people in San Jose, California and nearby communities and in Canyon Lake, Texas and the nearby communities. SJW Land Company owns and operates commercial real estate investments.
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