Water Utilities Update LowIncome Oversight Board Water Division

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Water Utilities Update Low-Income Oversight Board Water Division September 16, 2019

Water Utilities Update Low-Income Oversight Board Water Division September 16, 2019

2 Topics – 2018 Low-Income Totals – School Lead Testing – AB 401 –

2 Topics – 2018 Low-Income Totals – School Lead Testing – AB 401 – Low-Income OIR Workshop – SWRCB Administrator Policy

3 2018 Low-Income Totals Class A IOUs • Customers enrolled: 221, 000 • Percentage

3 2018 Low-Income Totals Class A IOUs • Customers enrolled: 221, 000 • Percentage of Residential: 18% 300, 000 250, 000 200, 000 150, 000 100, 000 50, 000 0 2009 2011 2013 Data Exchange w/ Energy Utilities 2015 2017 2018

4 2018 Low-Income Totals Class A IOUs • Annual Discount Total: $27 Million •

4 2018 Low-Income Totals Class A IOUs • Annual Discount Total: $27 Million • Average Discount per Month: $10. 21 $12. 00 $10. 00 $9. 52 $9. 26 2015 2016 $10. 07 $10. 21 2017 2018 $8. 00 $6. 00 $4. 00 $2. 00 $0. 00 Slight decrease in participation but slight increase in discount per month

5 School Lead Testing Assembly Bill 746 99. 8% Ø 1, 928 Schools Tested/Exempted

5 School Lead Testing Assembly Bill 746 99. 8% Ø 1, 928 Schools Tested/Exempted Ø 4 schools left to test - Working with SWRCB & Board of Education to resolve IOUs serve 1, 932 Schools • 19 over limit (<1. 0%) - Corrective actions taken Statewide • Not yet updated IOUs successfully completed testing & schools do not have lead in their water

6 AB 401 Update Statewide Water Low-Income Program • Draft report released on Jan

6 AB 401 Update Statewide Water Low-Income Program • Draft report released on Jan 3, 2019 – Initial Recommendations • • • 1 statewide program Eligibility criteria of below 200% Federal Poverty Level 3 Tier discount benefit: Tier Discount Monthly Bill 1 20% < $90 2 35% $90 - $120 3 50% > $120 Annual cost estimate: $606 Million Progressive revenue source – Taxes, fees, etc. that would not impact low-income households Distribution: energy bill vs. tax credit vs. electronic benefit transfer • Revised Draft not issued yet – Baseline water usage might adjust from 12 CCF to lower amount • Could result in reduction of program discount and cost

7 Water Low-Income OIR R. 17 -06 -024 • Workshop held on August 2

7 Water Low-Income OIR R. 17 -06 -024 • Workshop held on August 2 nd – Potential measures to increase effectiveness • • • Low-Income Programs – Develop household base rates – Pooling/statewide system – Community based approach Drought Forecasting Mechanisms – Rate adjustments in between GRCs – Improve efficiency of water systems – Increase transparency to customers Consolidation of Small Water Systems – Consider rate impact & affordability – Community involvement – Appoint utility to provide services to disadvantaged communities

8 Administrator Policy State Water Resources Control Board • Existing statewide policies – –

8 Administrator Policy State Water Resources Control Board • Existing statewide policies – – – SB 88 (2015): consolidation authority to SWRCB SB 552 (2016): administrator authority to SWRCB AB 2501 (2018): clarifications and revisions to SB 88 & SB 552 • Workshop held on August 21 st regarding implementation of AB 2501 – Draft Administrator Policy Handbook • • • – Process for selecting administrator Administrator obligations Post-administrator plans Costs • • • SWRCB responsible for administrator Designated water system responsible for O&M expenses SWRCB may provide funding for infrastructure improvements

Thank You Viet (Kevin) Truong Utilities Engineer CPUC – Water Division (415) 703 -1353

Thank You Viet (Kevin) Truong Utilities Engineer CPUC – Water Division (415) 703 -1353 vt [email protected] ca. gov