IPU - Rates and Charges
WATER RATES AND CHARGES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The California Constitution requires that the IPU provide notice of the proposed rate increases to all property
owners of record upon which the water service charges are proposed for imposition and to any tenant who is
directly liable for the payment of water service rates and charges (i.e. IPU water customer who is not a property
owner). This notice must be given at least forty-five (45) days prior to the IPU holding a public hearing to consider
the proposed rate increases. The Industry Public Utilities Commission (“IPUC”) will hold a public hearing on the
proposed increases set forth herein at 9:00 a.m. on October 14, 2021, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be
heard, at City of Industry, Council Chambers, 15651 Mayor Dave Way, City of Industry, CA 91744.
Why a Water Rate Increase was Needed?
INDUSTRY PUBLIC UTILITIES (IPU) WATER SYSTEM, also known as The City of Industry Waterworks System (CIWS) is managed and operated by the La Puente Valley County Water District (LPVCWD) under an operation and
management agreement. The CIWS includes approximately 31.9 miles of distribution and transmission mains, four
wells, four booster pump stations, four pressure regulating stations and three reservoirs. The IPU recently
completed the “Industry Public Utilities Study of Water Rates, Fees and Charges.” The study is available for review at City of Industry City Hall and on our website (scroll below). The IPU has not had a water rate increase since January 2015. Although the IPU has tried to minimize the impact of rising operational costs through various cost savings efforts, the Rate Study concludes that rate increases are necessary to generate additional revenue needed to offset the increases in the CIWS’s overall operational expenses that the CIWS has and will continue to experience. Those increased expenses include, but are not limited, to:
COST OF WATER – The CIWS is fortunate to have rights to a local groundwater source in the Main San Gabriel Basin (“Basin”), but any water the CIWS pumps over its allotment provided under the Basin’s Judgment must be replaced to maintain water levels in the Basin by leasing rights or purchasing imported water. The cost for this replacement water has increased by over twenty-three percent (23%) in the last four years.
GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT – A new groundwater pumping assessment has been put into effect by the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, established under the Basin’s Judgment to manage the Basin and its groundwater
supplies, in order to secure additional water resources to maintain water levels in the Basin. This assessment has
had a large cost impact on the CIWS and all other water providers that pump groundwater from the Basin in the San Gabriel Valley.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS – The CIWS continuously invests in capital improvement projects that improve the
performance of the water system or extend the life of existing facilities and equipment to avoid more expensive
emergency repairs. In 2017, the IPU updated its Ten-Year CIWS Water Master Plan which identified necessary
improvements and prioritized projects based on their need and benefit. A copy of that plan is available from the
IPU upon request.
2021 Rate Study & Notice of Public Hearing
The Industry Public Utilities Commission (“IPUC”) will hold a public hearing on the proposed increases set forth herein at 9:00 a.m. on October 14, 2021, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, at City of Industry, Council Chambers, 15651 Mayor Dave Way, City of Industry, CA 91744. Copies of 2021 Rate Study and Notice of Public Hearing (Spanish and English)
Current Water Rates
Current Water Rates