Del Mar Clean Water Program fee to increase July 1

By Joe Tash

A fee to support Del Mar’s Clean Water Program that is added to residents’ water bills will rise by 1.5 percent on July 1.

The City Council voted for the increase, which is tied to a corresponding rise in San Diego’s Consumer Price Index for 2012, at its meeting on Monday, April 15.

The fee was approved by city voters in 2008. According to Planning and Community Development Director Kathleen Garcia, the fee covers 83 percent of the program’s annual $472,000 budget.

According to a report by Garcia, the city’s Clean Water Program is mandated by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The fee helps pay for such services as street sweeping, storm drain maintenance, water quality testing, education, code enforcement and outreach, said the report.

The Clean Water Program fee is based on meter size and water use at each property within the city of Del Mar. According to the report, the bi-monthly base rate for a single family home will rise to $17.06 from $16.81 under the increase approved Monday.

The water usage portion of the fee will also increase, according to the report.