San Diego may increase water rates in January
Water rates could rise again in January, as the city bargains with water wholesalers amid worsening drought conditions, it was reported last Friday.
The proposed increase of 7.75 percent – the average home would pay $4.73 more per month – would make the sixth rate hike since 2007, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
“It’s entirely due to the increased cost we must pay to receive the commodity,” Jim Barrett, San Diego’s director of public utilities, told the newspaper.
The City Council will be asked to send out notices, including a form for objecting to the proposed increase, on Tuesday at a cost of about $140,000.
A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17.
If more than half of the city’s roughly 270,000 ratepayers object, the city would be stopped from imposing the rate increase.
The Otay Water District approved an increase of almost 20 percent last month, and the Helix Water District boosted its bills by 21 percent.
The county Water Authority gets its supplies from the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District, which is raising its price by 21 percent.
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