How much will the project cost in total, and how long will it take to repay it?


The final project cost will be determined once the project is complete and all expenses have been finalized. Similar to paying off a mortgage, payments will end once the full cost of the project is recouped. The costs are recovered in small increments over the lifespan of the project – typically several decades – to avoid drastic increases to monthly water bills. It is important to note that Cal Water can only recoup the project costs once the California Public Utilities Commission determines that the costs incurred were prudent and justified. There will not be an impact on rates until January 1, 2021, and the exact amount and length of the repayment will depend on the final costs.