Lake Alpine Water Company (LAWC)

A privately owned Class D water utility serving Bear Valley, California in Alpine County. LAWC is dedicated to being the best Class D water company in California by providing drinking water of the highest quality and knowledgeable and friendly customer service.    Read More →


Recent News and Updates

Notice of Public Hearing for Rate Increase

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A public hearing has been scheduled for customers of Lake Alpine Water regarding its application to the California Public Utilities Commission to increase service rates.

In March 2024, Lake Alpine Water Company (LAWC) filed for authorization from the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) through Advice Letter 142 to increase the water service charge by 11.1%.

The last general rate increase became effective October 11, 2018, by Resolution W-5175. The rates were subsequently adjusted in 2020, 2022, and 2023 by the Consumer Price Index.

Monthly Residential Changes

Quantity Rate:                                                        Present Rates        Proposed Rates

All usage per 100 cu.ft. (CCF)                                       $ 9.08                     $ 10.90

Residential Service Charge:                                                Present Rates                   Proposed Rates

For 5/8x3/4-inch meter                                                        $      99.63               $       110.69

For 1- inch meter                                                                 $    249.06               $       276.72


The Annual Service Charge is applicable to all metered services regardless of water use. The quantity rate is multiplied by metered water used and added to the service charge. All customers also pay the Safe Drinking Water State Fund surcharge, currently $24.07 per month per residence. This surcharge will expire in 2028. The Commission regulatory oversight fee is 0.07% of all these charges. 

The average bill for a metered residential customer consuming 2.0 CCF per month would increase from $142.85 to $157.65, or 10.4%.

Public Hearing

Lake Alpine Water Company and the California Public Utilities Commission will host a public hearing on Tuesday, August 6, 2024, at 5:30 PM in the Cathedral Lounge in the Bear Valley Lodge. This is an opportunity to ask questions about your water service and to discuss the rate request with the commission.

Welcome to Summer

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Bear Lake, our source and our favorite community lake. Help us take care of it this summer. Thanks! Click here for details.

2023 Water Quality Report

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Each year a water quality report is produced as a summary of all the water sampling results. A copy is posted here. It will also be sent with the April invoice either by post or email.

Seeking customer help with service line check

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We are asking for your help to report the material of the service line where it enters your home, usually in the crawl space under your home or building. Please read the attached information sheet with photos and a link to the Google Survey form. Thank you!

Good news about Disinfection Byproducts

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Lake Alpine Water Company is in compliance and below the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for the disinfection byproducts of Haloacetic Acids (HAA) and Trihalomethanes (TTHM). This is a customer notice with GOOD news!

The granular activated carbon (GAC) filters are working well to reduce organics, the precursors for disinfection byproducts. As a result, LAWC has been in compliance with low levels of HAA and TTHM byproducts since January 2023.

The trend is great news for your water quality, and we will keep you posted on future results, too.

Sample Date (month/date/year):
HAA Site Averages29.025.846.048.514.360.0
Sample Date (month/date/year):
TTHM Site Averages47.521.926.634.57.480.0

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