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Helping California American Water Company Secure Approval for Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

As a result of extensive efforts by Nossaman’s Public Utilities Regulatory, Water, and Public Policy Practice Groups, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to allow Nossaman client California American Water Company (Cal-Am) to proceed with its Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP) in order for the utility to provide safe and reliable water service to its customers and meet all regulations for the safe operation of its facilities. This is a significant victory for our client, and will allow the company to move forward to implement a permanent long-term water supply solution for the Monterey Peninsula.  Achieved as a result of extensive preparation and unequaled knowledge of the CPUC and its regulations, Nossaman’s unrivaled team was able to provide the client with the benefit of our long-term relationships with and understanding of the CPUC, as well as the firm’s deep roots within the California water sector. 

The Project will replace and augment existing water supplies in Cal-Am's Monterey District service area constrained by legal decisions affecting the Carmel River and Seaside Groundwater Basin, areas from which Cal-Am currently sources its water. The MPWSP includes a 6.4 mgd desalination plant and will use additional water from the PureWater Monterey groundwater replenishment project. The total project cost is estimated to be approximately $322 million. The effort to develop a long-term water supply solution has been going on for decades.  A key member of Nossaman’s team had been working to develop a water supply for Monterey since 2001, and acting as the lead attorney for the CPUC proceeding related to this project since its inception in 2012.  The CPUC proceeding involved multiple evidentiary hearings, extensive testimony, several workshops, multiple briefs, and an oral argument in front of the CPUC.  It was highly contested, and this win represented a long-fought and well-deserved victory for our client.

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