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Public Hearing Set For San Diego’s Proposed Water Rate Hikes

Evening Edition

Aired 11/19/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Brent Eidson, deputy director of External Affairs, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

Donald Kelly, executive director, UCAN (Utility Consumers Action Network)


The price of water might rise again in the city of San Diego. This week San Diego city residents will get a chance to speak out about proposed water rate hikes at a public hearing on Thursday at San Diego City Hall.

At issue are two consecutive years of proposed water rate hikes of more than 7 percent. The city says the increase is needed to cover both future increases and compensate for increases since 2011.

The combined rate hikes would increase a typical family's water bill by more than $80 a year.

San Diego's water rates have gone up dramatically in the past decade and water officials predict increases are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

The public hearing is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, City Administration Building, 202 C St.,, 12th floor, Council Chambers.

If you want to protest the rate adjustment — the city of San Diego has a form online.

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famalvarez | November 19, 2013 at 5:46 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

The segment discussed a new pricing tier that would benefit those that conserve water. I believe the last rate hikes were blamed by the water utility on the conservation of water. That is, because San Diego conserved so much water the provider raised the rates for San Diego because they lost revenue from San Diego. Whereas cities that did not have conservation rules in place saw no increase in their water rates for the same period. Maybe there should be further investigation into this issue following the entire revenue chain?

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