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Water Rates Rise Again

San Diego City Council voted this morning to approve a water rate increase. Residents had mixed reactions to the rate hikes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Water Rates Rise Again

San Diego City Council voted this morning to approve a water rate increase. Residents had mixed reactions to the rate hikes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The average home owner will pay about $4  a month more for water. Part of the rate hike is because imported water is getting more expensive, and part is to explore recycling water to drinkable levels.

Cynthia Conger protested paying more when new homes continue to be built in the region

Conger : This is San Diego providing for its residents? I don’t think so! you are providing for developers.

But Judith Swink supports paying for a pilot water recycling project, to try so-called “ potable reuse “

Swink  : The costs of water being brought into San Diego are only going to rise… we have the ability to cleanse the water that we have here and use it again and again and again.

The potable reuse pilot project will put San Diego on track to be the first city in California to recycle water directly into its reservoirs.

Alison St John, KPBS news