Why terminate California American Water (Cal Am) as our water supplier?

The Monterey Peninsula has the most expensive water in the country according to Food and Water Watch. Costs for ratepayers have increased 68% in the last two years with more increases scheduled.

After widely promoting conservation, Cal Am charged us $40 million for water we didn’t use to make up for their lost profits. Another charge of $13 million was approved in October 2017.

Cal Am has not been a responsible steward of our water supply. Cal Am was ordered to stop over drafting the Carmel River in 1995. In the 22 years since that Cease and Desist Order (CDO) was issued, Cal Am has implemented no new water supply projects. But with the CPUC’s approval it has charged ratepayers $34 million for three failed water projects.