Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The commission held a prehearing conference on April 28, 2011, on a tariff filing by Rainier View Water Company. The tariff filing was prompted by a request from the commission's regulatory staff that the Company publish its facilities charges in its tariff to eliminate the need for a separate contract with each new customer. The Company initially proposed charges of $8,640 per equivalent residential unit (ERU) for all future customers of the Southwood/Sound water system and $1,702 per ERU for all future customers of all other water systems. These proposed charges were high than the facilities charges the Company has been charging by contract.
On January 24, 2011, the Company filed revised tariff sheets reflecting rates at the same level as recent contract facilities charges. Because these rates might injuriously affect the rights and interests of the public and Rainier View has not demonstrated that the proposed filing would result in rates that are fair, just, reasonable and sufficient, the commission, by Order 01, suspended the tariff revision and approved revised rates on a temporary basis, subject to refund.
On May 2, 2011, the commission issued Order 02 - Prehearing Conference Order. The commission then, at the request of the parties, suspended the procedural schedule by notice dated June 21, 2011.
On November 1, 2011, the parties filed a letter asking that the schedule continue to be held in abeyance.
On April 6, 2012, the parties in this matter filed a Settlement Agreement and Narrative Supporting Settlement Agreement. On July 31, 2012, the commission issued a notice scheduling a settlement hearing, and on August 7 a notice rescheduling the settlement hearing.
The settlement hearing will be held on August 14, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., in Room 206 of the commission's headquarters, Richard Hemstad Building, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, Washington.
Docket UW-110054 - All Documents