San Jose Water Company
2016 General Rate Case (GRC)



San Jose Water Company serves over 1 million people and is responsible for the supply and distribution of water for domestic and industrial purposes for portions of the Cities of San Jose and Cupertino, as well as the cities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and unincorporated Santa Clara County. 

On January 5, 2015, the San Jose Water Company filed an Application requesting CPUC approval to increase rates for water service over present levels:

  • 2016: $ 34,928,000 (12.2%) 
  • 2017: $   9,954,000 (3.1%)  
  • 2018: $ 17,567,000 (5.4%)
  • 3-Year Cumulative Total = $62.5 million (20.7% increase)

Specifically, the proposed rate increase is driven by these key areas:

  • $94 million in Capital Budgets  
  • $  7.6 million in Conservation Expenses
  • $  7.3 million in Taxes
  • $  7.1 million in Capital Investment Recovery
  • $  4.8 million in Purchased Services
  • $  4.4 million in Staffing, including 33 new positions

ORA Policy Position

ORA made an initial review of San Jose Water’s formal Application and found that further scrutiny of San Jose’s request is required, including in the areas of:

  • Sales, revenue, consumption, and number of customers
  • Operation & maintenance 
  • Administrative & general expenses, including payroll and conservation  
  • Proposed additions to infrastructure, including construction in progress, security, and water quality
  • Expenses and capital additions, including insurance, pension and benefits, and overhead

See ORA’s February 2, 2014 Protest to San Jose Water’s GRC Application.

ORA is in the process of reviewing San Jose’s 2016 GRC Application in-depth and expects to file its findings and Testimony in mid-April 2015.


Proceeding Status 

See the CPUC Proceeding docket. 


Other Resources


2013 San Jose Water Company GRC