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

September Updates

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September Updates

CPI Increase: On this September invoice, you will notice an increase in both the service fee and the rate for metered water. They increased by 2.3%, the 2019 Consumer Price Index (CPI) margin approved the California Public Utilities Commission. This CPI increase did not affect either the Safe Drinking Water surcharge or the CPUC regulatory fee. Rates were last increased in December, 2018.

Bear Lake: As summer winds down, please remove your boats and floats from the shores of Bear Lake.

Leaks: Every autumn, just when we think we fixed all the leaks, something weeps up through the pavement. If you notice water where it wasn’t before, please contact us with the location so we can check it out. If you have received chronic leak alert notices this summer, please try to repair the issue before winter makes it worse.

We hope your family and friends are safe and healthy and enjoyed a playful summer in Bear Valley!

LAWC Rates increase by Consumer Price Index 2.3%

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LAWC applied for and the California Public Utilities Commission approved an increase in service rates for water service. The increase accounts for the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 2.3%. New rate schedules are posted on the rates page. Based on the new rates, a singled family home with 2 CCF of water use per month will pay $130.98 instead of $128.62. The rates will be effective on the September invoices.

2019 Water Quality Report

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The 2019 Water Quality Report is completed and ready for review.  You can see it here  and it is being mailed or emailed to customers with the May invoice.

LAWC Response to COVID-19

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I hope you and your family are healthy and making the best lemonade out of the current situation with Covid19. I want to share a few details about service continuity from Lake Alpine Water Company during this crisis.

First, please be assured that our treatment of the water continues to provide virus inactivation so the water is Covid19 free and safe to drink and use.

Second, water is an essential service, any day of the week or times, so please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or phone if there is any disruption to your service, if you have questions or if you notice anything unusual in the service area. Our staff is working their regular schedule and we can respond promptly.

Third, we understand there may be disruptions to your work and income patterns and therefore, there may be delays or shortcomings in your family budget. Lake Alpine Water Company will not be charging late fees and will not initiate any shut off orders due to non-payment during these months when California is under the ‘stay-at-home- order. If you wish to request a payment plan or provide any updates about your account, please email me at

Advice Letter 121 Filing to the CPUC

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Lake Alpine Water Company (LAWC) is filing Advice Letter 121 with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

This letter is a request by LAWC to the CPUC to recover the expenses recorded in the Memorandum Account set up to track legal expenses recorded between 2011 and 2016.

We had previously filed Advice Letter 120 for the same endeavor, but we withdrew that filing to make some corrections. The updated filing is attached as Advice Letter 121.

The filing is attached here for your review. Please contact me at 209-753-2409 or if you have questions.

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