October 2020

Golden State Water Proposed a Rate Increase Opposition Letter Sample

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

[Insert Date]


California Public Utilities Commission

Public Advisor’s Office

505 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102


Re:       Comment Letter: Application No. 20-07-012 Golden State Water Company 2022-24 General Rate Case


Dear Public Advisor’s Office:


I am writing in opposition to the application that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) received from Golden State Water Company (GSWC) proposing to dramatically increase water rates by more than 23.5% over the next three years to their customers in Imperial County.  This increase, if approved, would have a considerable negative economic impact on the residents of the City of Calipatria and the Community of Niland. 


The proposed rate increase that would go into effect on January 1, 2022, is in addition to a more than 17% increase that these ratepayers are anticipated to experience from 2019-2021.  This equates to an over 40% increase in water rates over the span of six years.  This considerably exceeds the amount charged by any other provider of residential water service in Imperial County.  These exorbitant rates are in communities that suffer from high poverty and unemployment rates, as well as other economic, environmental and health burdens.  The constant rate increases put additional burdens and challenges on the residents of these communities.


[Add personal testimony on how the rates impact your household.]


Also, GSWC has not assured its ratepayers that they utilized the profit made from previous increases on infrastructure improvements to the Calipatria Service Area.  I am concerned that they continue to raise the rates yet are not making infrastructure improvements to maintain efficient operations.


For these reasons, I request that the CPUC deny the application for the rate increase proposal.  Thank you for your consideration of my request.




[Insert name]