In June 2020, EPCOR Water Arizona Inc. filed a request to increase its water rates, including a request to consolidate its 11 water districts, including the Paradise Valley Water District. The hearing before an Administrative Law Judge concluded in May 2021, and the ALJ issued the Recommended Opinion and Order(“ROO”) in November. The ROO made various technical findings and also recommended full consolidation of EPCOR’s water districts for rate setting purposes (excepting the two Mohave districts that are subject to a condemnation proceeding by Bullhead City).
The five elected commissioners on the Arizona Corporation Commission are the final decision makers. The commissioners considered the ROO at their Open Meeting this week. The commissioners heard public comment, and discussed the EPCOR rate case and the ROO on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The commissioners approved several amendments on various issues, but they did not make a decision on question of consolidation. The commissioners will discuss and likely decide the consolidation issue at their Open Meeting on January 26. Revised rate impacts based on the amendments to the ROO approved this week are expected to be filed in the public docket at least one week before the January 26 Open Meeting.
PV residents who are served by EPCOR are encouraged to make their opinions known to the Commission. The Town has requested that EPCOR’s Paradise Valley Water District remain a stand-alone district for rate setting purposes, and there are two proposed amendments that would make that change to the ROO. O’Connor Alternative Proposed Amendment No. 1 and Olson Proposed Amendment No. 4 would each leave Paradise Valley as a stand-alone rate district.
Written comments may be submitted via the Arizona Corporation Commission’s website or letters may be sent to one or more of the Commissioners. You will need the company name (EPCOR Water Arizona Inc.) and the Docket No. (WS-01303A-29-0177).