Public Hearing Set For San Diego’s Proposed Water Rate Hikes
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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.