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San Juan Capistrano Water Rates Case Ruling

Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The 4th District Court of Appeals announced on Monday that the City of San Juan Capistrano's tiered pricing plan that charges higher rates for higher water consumers violates, in part, Proposition 218, a voter-passed amendment to the State Constitution.

The appellate court affirmed under Proposition 218 San Juan Capistrano's right as a public water agency "to pass on to their customers the capital costs of improvements to provide additional increments of water – such as building a recycling plant."

The appellate court determined, however, that San Juan Capistrano failed to comply with Proposition 218 by not calculating "the actual costs of providing water at various levels of usage," and by "merely [allocating] all its costs among the price tier levels, based not on costs, but on pre-determined usage budgets."The ruling notes that "while tiered, or inclined rates that go up progressively in relation to usage are perfectly consonant with [Proposition 218 and legal precedent]the tiers must still correspond to the actual cost of providing service at a given level of usage."

Read the full ruling here.


Mark your calendar's for the Council’s upcoming webinar with Proposition 218 legal experts: John Bakker, Michael Colantuono and Kelly Salt. These three attorneys will discuss the decision and its implication for water conservation pricing in California.

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Conference Call In: 1-866-952-8437

Conference ID:185-521-774

Webinar link:

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California Urban Water Conservation Council is Now The California Water Efficiency Partnership

Wednesday, March 08, 2017
We are pleased to announce that the California Urban Water Conservation Council is now the California Water Efficiency Partnership.
The new name communicates a vision for an innovative organization that provides leadership on water efficiency issues in California, and also conveys the spirit of inclusion and collaboration among a wide variety of stakeholders envisioned by the Board and members.
California Water Efficiency Partnership was selected after a comprehensive process that included members submitting more than 50 name suggestions for consideration by the Board, research with water industry stakeholders, and a survey of members for their preferred name.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the name selection process. We look forward to working with you as we continue this organizational transformation. Next up: the development of a new logo.