Statement from Jennifer Capitolo, Executive Director of the California Water Association, which represents nearly 100 utilities regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission:

“On Thursday, August 27, 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to eliminate water decoupling, a tool that has been in place for over a decade and allowed four of the state’s largest public water utilities and their customers to achieve historic levels of conservation while ensuring customers only pay for the service they receive.”

Conservation experts have warned that, “This significant change has the potential to hamper water conservation efforts in California and raise rates for millions of customers.”

“The California Water Association and its nearly 100 members throughout California remain committed to supporting regulatory mechanisms that encourage conservation and support the lowest possible bills for customers.”

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