State Supreme Court Denies Review, Confirms Important Victories for Water Ratepayers
The California Supreme Court today declined to review a case of statewide significance over rates set by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
However, the case produced important victories for San Diego County residents - rights to significantly more MWD water, a determination that MWD breached its contract with the Water Authority, and a ruling that MWD must pay the Water Authority approximately $51 million for unlawful charges from 2011-2014.
The Water Authority has two additional cases challenging MWD's rates from 2015-2018 that have been stayed in Superior Court while the appellate proceedings were ongoing and are now expected to move forward again. The Water Authority expects to recover approximately $39 million in illegal MWD charges in those two cases.
"As we look to the future, our Board will assess how best to protect the interests of San Diego County ratepayers with the continued support of our region's business associations, civic groups, elected officials and other stakeholders," said Mark Muir, chair of the Water Authority's Board of Directors.