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S.D. City Council to Strategize Water, Sewer Rate Increase Plan

This afternoon, San Diego City Council will adopt procedures to raise water and sewer rates in the city over the next four to five years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

S.D. City Council to Strategize Water, Sewer Rate Increase Plan

This afternoon, San Diego City Council will adopt procedures to raise water and sewer rates in the city over the next four to five years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more. 

News of raising water and sewer rates has been trickling out of City Hall for some time. Today the San Diego City Council gets down to the nitty gritty of giving residents and businesses notice that rate hikes are in the pipeline. Mayor Jerry Sanders has done his best to justify the increases.

Sanders: Over the past five years we’ve had over 600 water main breaks and 633 sewer line breaks all of these breaks have had a tremendous impact on our community.

An investigation into how previous water and sewer rate hikes were spent revealed some of the money was siphoned off for other purposes. But Sanders has reimbursed the departments a million dollars and vows to be sure that wont happen again. The city must replace nearly 200 miles of cast iron pipe, some of it nearly 100 years old, to meet state and federal standards, and stop the breaks that now occur every few days throughout the city. Alison St John KPBS News.