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San Diego Council Approves 15 Percent Water Rate Hike

Above: The San Diego City Council approved the rate increases by a vote of 8-1 on Thursday, Nov. 21. The rate structure will boost revenue by 7.25 percent in 2014 and 7.5 percent the following year.

The cost of water in the city of San Diego is set to increase 15 percent over the next two years.

The San Diego City Council approved the rate increases by a vote of 8-1 on Thursday. The rate structure will boost revenue by 7.25 percent in 2014 and 7.5 percent the following year.

The majority of the added revenue will pay for increases in wholesale water rates. The remaining revenue will cover the debt on the city's major infrastructure projects, according to the City Council.

The combined rate hikes will increase a typical family's water bill by more than $80 a year. Consumer water bills will include a base fee as well as a charge on the amount of water used.

Currently for single-family homes, the city uses a three-tiers rate for low, moderate and heavy water users; That will expand to four tiers in 2014.

The last time water rates were increased was in March 2011.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | November 22, 2013 at 7:56 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

use less, pay more, got to keep their profits up to pay their executives

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | November 22, 2013 at 9:02 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

How about including the names of these 8 individuals?

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | November 22, 2013 at 10:12 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

Missionaccomplished

and pictures, see how fast they are at raising rates if they know they may get some "complaints" in person while out in public.

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | November 22, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

I'm pretty happy now about my rain catchment system and my waste water recirculation system I built in my apartment. It seems less disgusting to me to drink my filtered toilet flush water than to pay 15% more for water from the tap :-)

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | November 22, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

"The remaining revenue will cover the debt on the city's major infrastructure projects, according to the City Council."

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Does that mean for water related infrastructure or any infrastructure?

Overall, I'm not opposed to the hike so long as the money will be used for water infrastructure only.

I see so much waste, particularly from those who indulge in a lush lawn in the middle of this desert. Hopefully the rate hike will convince more people to pull out their lawns and replace them with native low-water species.

I did this a few years ago and haven't watered since. The plants do great with just natural rainfall only and look much better than a boring lawn.

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Avatar for user 'CaptD'

CaptD | November 22, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

A close look at the tier system will show you that residential customers are paying way too much and the big water users are paying very little; but since there are more residential customers the City council feels it is OK to over bill them!

This is just yet another way that the City Council chooses to raise rates for all of US, instead of learning how to do more with less, like capping the salaries of all those big City Exec.'s, and especially those that work for the Water Dept.

p.s. It is no wonder that Local cities oppose water desalination, since they would loose revenue, if water was less costly; remember we are sitting next to the Pacific Ocean!

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | November 22, 2013 at 3:33 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

CaptD how exactly would capping the salaries of water execs (whatever those are) help the city conserve water? I think those execs would probably leave for better jobs because only a dunce would take a job with a salary cap instead of merit-based pay. Do we want idiots running things? I don't.

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Avatar for user 'GrokSurf'

GrokSurf | November 24, 2013 at 8:51 p.m. ― 8 months, 1 week ago

On the Notice of Public Hearing mailed to all customers, the City estimated that the average single family residence using 12 HCF per month will see its total water rate increase by $1.89 per month. Your story says the increase will be "more than $80 per year" for a typical family.

Why is your figure so much higher than the city's estimate?

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