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Three Recent California and Nevada Supreme Court Decisions About Water Rates
Author: William K. Ferry
Date: 4/287
Presented at the California-Nevada American Waterworks Association Spring Meeting, Fresno, California, April 23, 1987

There has been 3 recent Supreme Court municipal water rates rulings within the past 2 1/2 years; two in California, and one in Nevada. One decision each in California and Nevada deals with connection fees charged new applicants as a condition precedent to obtaining water service, and a California decision deals with a city owned water system charging outside city water customers at a higher rate than inside city water customers. This level of high court activity is unusual since courts consistently are reluctant to interfere in ratemaking, which they consider to be a legislative function.