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Water utility outreach programs low income rate assistance low income oversight board dave stephenson california american water march 19 2008

Water Utility Outreach Programs

Low-Income Rate Assistance

Low Income Oversight Board

Dave Stephenson

California American Water

March 19, 2008


Cpuc data request

CPUC Data Request

  • Issued February 14, 2008

  • Detailed description on customer outreach for LIRA programs during past 12 months

  • Detailed LIRA outreach plans for next 12 months

  • Company contact information

  • Responses received by 2/28/08 from: Cal Am, Cal Water, Golden State, Great Oaks, San Gabriel, San Jose, Valencia

  • Suburban’s program approved on 2/26/08


California american water

California American Water

  • “H2O Help to Others”

  • Qualification Criteria

    • CAW bill must be in customer’s name

    • Customer can’t be claimed as dependent

    • Total annual income can’t exceed certain limits

    • Income based on number of persons in household; includes all those living full-time in home

    • Document approval in PG&E’s CARE program

    • 30-day notification to CAW if party becomes ineligible


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California American Water

  • Approved Districts and Discounts

    • Monterey: monthly service charge waived

    • Felton: 50% discount on regular monthly service charge

    • Sacramento: $5.00/month

    • Larkfield: $8.50/month

    • Baldwin Hills: $6.50/month

    • Duarte: $6.50/month

    • San Marino: $6.50/month

    • Village: $8.50/month

    • Coronado: $6.50/month


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California American Water

  • 2007 Customer Outreach

    • March: H2O Help applications sent to Larkfield and Sacramento customers

    • June: H2O Help applications sent to Monterey, Felton, Larkfield and Sacramento (revised)

    • Four-page application (English and Spanish)

      • About the program

      • To qualify for H2O

      • Customer information

      • Maximum household income

      • Declaration

    • Low Income Web Site


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California American Water

  • 2008 Customer Outreach

    • March: Direct Mail H2O Help applications sent to L.A. Division customers (Baldwin Hills, Duarte, San Marino)

    • October/November: Annual H2O Help applications will be sent to all CPUC-approved districts

    • TBD: Possible customer data partnering with SDG&E for enrollment of Coronado District customers

    • TBD: Low income applications available at Community Events

  • Contact Information: 24-Hour Service Center – 1.888.237.1333


California water service

California Water Service

  • “Low-Income Rate Assistance Program” (LIRA)

    • $10 monthly discount or 50% discount on monthly service charge (depending on district)

    • Discounts available to qualified non-profit group living facilities, agricultural employee housing facilities and migrant farm worker housing centers

  • Qualifications

    • Similar to California American Water, CARE

    • Similar income levels per household number

  • Participation Rate To Date

    • 8.75% of residential customers


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California Water Service

  • 2007 Customer Outreach

    • January: Direct mail to all residential customers (1st notification)

      • District-specific flyers w/discount and web site information

      • Application w/proof of participation in CARE program, as applicable

      • All documents in English and Spanish

      • Press releases and news articles in local newspapers

    • December: Direct mail to all residential customers (2nd notification)

      • Same info as in January, plus list of local Customer Centers

      • Letters to local community leaders

      • Press releases and newspaper articles

      • New income guidelines posted

  • 2008 Customer Outreach (Planned for Mid-Year)

    • Direct mail to all residential customers

    • Ongoing LIRA information available on web site

  • Contact Information: Local Customer Centers


Golden state water

Golden State Water

  • California Alternate Rates for Water (CARW) Program

    • 15% discount off total monthly water bill (Regions II and III)

    • Fixed dollar discount off total monthly water bill (Region I); actual amount varies per customer service area, but approximates 15% discount

  • Qualifications

    • Similar to CAW, CWS, CARE


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Golden State Water

  • 2007 Customer Outreach

    • June: Direct mail to all residential customers

    • CARW application w/income guidelines and informational flyer

  • 2008 Customer Outreach

    • Direct mail of CARW informational insert to all customers on a quarterly basis

    • Promotion of CARW program at local community events

    • CARW program information posted on new web site (summer 2008)

  • Contact Information: CARW Hotline – 866.360.2279


Great oaks water

Great Oaks Water

  • Low-Income Customer Assistance Program

  • Bimonthly Bills Contain All Information

    • Qualifications

    • How to apply

    • How long certification is valid

    • Master meters do not qualify

  • All Customers Contacting Company Are Notified by Phone or In Person

  • Contact Information

    • Great Oaks Water Customer Service Supervisor

    • 408.227.9540


San gabriel valley water

San Gabriel Valley Water

  • California Alternative Rates for Water (CARW)

    • Initiated program company-wide in August 2005

    • 50% discount off monthly service charge

    • Applies to L.A. and Fontana Divisions

  • Qualifications

    • Similar to other utilities

    • 1-inch or smaller meters are eligible

  • Participation Rates (thru 12/07)

    • Los Angeles Division: 13.8% of residential customers

    • Fontana Division: 17.8% of residential customers


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San Gabriel Valley Water

  • 2007 Customer Outreach

    • Notices of CARW Program posted in every Commercial Office lobby (English and Spanish)

    • Commercial Clerks advise existing and new customers of CARW program and furnish them applications

    • CARW application posted on web site for both LA and Fontana (English and Spanish)

    • Company visits to senior and low-income community-based organizations

    • Customer service reps and meter readers provide applications at service locations

    • July: Bill inserts

    • Articles in local newspapers

    • Advertising on Community Billboard of local cable TV station in Fontana


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San Gabriel Valley Water

  • 2008 Customer Outreach

    • All 2007 outreach activities continued in 2008

    • June: Second round of bill inserts

  • Contact Information: Four Customer Centers

    • El Monte Office/626.448.6183

    • Whittier Office/562.699.1041

    • City of Industry Office/626.330.1628

    • Fontana Water Company/909.822.2201


San jose water

San Jose Water

  • Water Rate Assistance Program (WRAP)

    • 15% discount off total monthly water bill

  • Qualifications

    • Same eligibility requirements as PG&E CARE program

    • CARE participants automatically eligible


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San Jose Water

  • 2007 Customer Outreach

    • Q1: Posters and applications sent to more than 50 social service agencies/English, Spanish and Vietnamese versions

    • May: WRAP advertisements in bi-lingual newspapers

    • May: 14 PSAs on local bi-lingual radio station

    • June: Program presentations to social service agencies

    • Continuous: all new customers receive copies of WRAP program in welcome packets

    • Company web site features “Customer Services Overview” page, which includes WRAP details


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San Jose Water

  • 2008 Customer Outreach

    • Continuation of 2007 outreach activities

    • Coordination with PG&E between CARE participants and WRAP participants

    • Advertising in Mobile Home Park Association newsletter

    • Foreign language advertisements

    • June: Bill inserts to all customers when income qualifications are updated

  • Contact Information: WRAP Desk – 408.279.7910


Valencia water

Valencia Water

  • “Low-Income Rate Assistance Program” (LIRA)

    • 50% discount on monthly service charge

    • Program began in March 2007

  • Qualifications

    • Same as those for CARE program

    • 1-inch or smaller meters are eligible


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Valencia Water

  • 2007 Customer Outreach

    • March: LIRA notice and application mailed to all customers; included on bills

    • March: LIRA information displayed in company reception area

    • March: LIRA information added to Rates page of company web site

    • March: FAQ page of web site revised to reflect LIRA availability; link to download notice and application

    • April thru October: Participation in public events

      • Emergency Response Expo (April)

      • CLWA Water Awareness Event (May)

      • Santa Clarita Valley River Rally (September)

      • Santa Clarita Business Expo (October)


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Valencia Water

  • 2008 Customer Outreach

    • Ongoing activity from 2007

    • January: Added language on customer bills promoting LIRA

    • February-March: Annual bill insert to all customers

    • April thru October: Participation in public events

      • Emergency Response Expo (April)

      • CLWA Water Awareness Event (May)

      • Santa Clarita Valley River Rally (September)

      • Santa Clarita Business Expo (October)

  • Contact Information: 661.294.0828


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