For Immediate Release | 1-25-19      
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Commission Splits Vote on EPCOR Water Rate Case

PHOENIX — The largest water company in the state fails to get a decision on its rate case before the Corporation Commission today.

Commissioners held a Special Open Meeting Friday in an attempt to finalize discussions and vote on EPCOR Water Arizona, Inc.'s application for a rate increase and possible consolidation of water districts.

EPCOR's rate application covered its 11 water districts including Agua Fria, Anthem, Chaparral, Havasu, Mohave, North Mohave, Paradise Valley, Sun City, Sun City West, Tubac, and Willow Valley. The company's application asked the Corporation Commission to approve a consolidation of those districts, stating consolidation would allow EPCOR to recover reasonable expenses and capital expenditures that will be needed for all districts over time.

Commissioners took public comment and discussed the rate case and consolidation application during their January Open Meeting. During today's meeting, Commissioners focused discussion on several amendments to the December 31, 2018 recommended opinion and order. Commissioner Sandra Kennedy recused herself from discussion and voting on this matter.

Today's vote was split with Chairman Burns and Commissioner Dunn voting in favor of the recommended opinion and order and Commissioners Olson and Tobin voting against it.

Chairman Burns concluded the meeting by directing the Corporation Commission's Hearing Division to open a new docket and begin the process to determine interim rates sometime next week. The company will need to file a request for those interim rates, submitting them to the docket.

All documents related to this matter may be found on the Corporation Commission's online docket at by searching for docket number WS-01303A-17-0257.

Direct link to the judge's recommended opinion and order:
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