Blue Ribbon Water Committee Dives Deep Into Water Issues

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)–The Town Council’s Blue Ribbon Water Committee will meet again on May 12 at 6 p.m.  The group was appointed by the Town Council and is tasked with evaluating feasible alternatives for public ownership of the privately held water company currently serving Apple Valley citizens.

Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company recently filed for rate increase as well as for a merger with Carlyle Infrastructure Partners, L.P., a multi-national investment company. The Town has filed protests with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in both cases.

The Town was successful in petitioning for Administrative Law Judge hearings on both the merger and the rate case are anticipated to be held in Apple Valley.  The CPUC’s public participation hearing on the rate case will be held Wednesday, June 1 in the Apple Valley Conference Center at 1pm and again at 7pm.

The public is encouraged to attend and express their opinions.

The Blue Ribbon Water Committee’s first meeting was primarily organizational, with Carl Coleman chosen as the interim chairperson, and Rick Piercy as interim vice-chairperson. The second meeting included in-depth reports on the two CPUC cases, as well as background information on water rates in Apple Valley.

Previous meetings may be viewed online, and all background information provided to the committee is also available at www.AppleValley.org for review. Look for the water droplet on the front page to access agendas and other relevant documents.

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