The Sun City
COA has followed the proposed Arizona American Water, or AAW
rate increase and consolidation for years. We have adamantly
opposed both consolidation and any unwarranted, over the top
water and sewer rate increases.
President Sam Estok and previous Directors found through
investigation, that Arizona American Water had approval of CAP
water utilization plan, a groundwater savings fee (GSF)
surcharge, and recovery of CAP expenses from the Arizona
Corporation Commission from 1998 until expiration in 2005 when
the deferred charges were fully collected. The Commission
established the GSF surcharge to help Arizona American Water in
its efforts to utilize renewable sources of water and minimize
its use of ground water. Since 2005, Arizona American Water has
failed to file an update of the GSF surcharge and has
over-collected monies from rate payers.
over-collected rate payer funds are now ordered to be credited
to the residents of Sun City and Sun City West Water Districts.
The current GSF surcharge for the Sun City Water District is
$1.57 per household per month for residential customers and
$0.12 per 1000 gallons for all users other than residential.
For Sun City West Water District, the current GSF surcharge is
$1.60 per household per month for residential customers and
$0.17 per 1000 gallons for users other than residential.
Corporation Commission has recommended that AAW eliminate or
reduce the over-collected balances within 12 months beginning
November 1, 2010. This will mean a $2.34 reduction in the
residential water bill for all Sun City Water District
customers. In the Sun City West Water District, a reduction of
$1.72 will be seen. For Sun City Water district, the amount of
over collection is $372,133 as of August, 2010, and for Sun City
West Water district the over collection is $36,738. (The COA
office has a copy of the Arizona Corporation Commission recorded
documents regarding the GSF surcharge)
If not for
the vigilance of the COA, this over collection may have gone on
for years resulting in even greater amounts over collected from
all rate payers. The COA advises every resident to scrutinize
their water, telephone, and utility statements and verify
Isn’t the money better in your
pocket than in theirs?