For the second consecutive year, the Coachella Valley Water District will not be increasing domestic water rates for its customers. The CVWD Board of Directors voted on the issue during their meeting Tuesday morning and decided to maintain current rates for the upcoming fiscal year.
Calaveras County Water District ratepayers will soon experience an increase in their bills that will vary in percentage terms for different ratepayer classifications and levels of water usage. … Approximately 30 people attended the meeting, many of whom went to the podium when public comments were permitted and expressed their disapproval of the proposed rate structure.
A Fresno Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the city of Fresno and upheld new water fees that ensure new homes will have enough water after some of Fresno’s largest developers filed a petition against the fees.
A plan to hit Californians with a first-of-its-kind statewide tax on drinking water is on ice, for now. The proposed tax would cost most Californians about $1 per month on their residential water bills. Businesses would pay $4 to $10 per month.
A study of Oroville’s highly contrasting water rates requested by the City Council a year and a half ago was presented last week to the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission. Oroville City Council requested the study on Jan. 17, 2017, after residents with the Lower Oroville Water Rates group collected signatures on a related petition and Oroville Hospital CEO Bob Wentz put up $30,000 for a study.
U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) on June 6 introduced the Water Affordability Act of 2018, legislation that would help low-income families across the country pay for rising sewer and water bills. “No family should have to choose between paying for safe, clean drinking water and putting food on the table. Access to affordable clean water is a fundamental right,” said Senator Harris in a statement.
Recognizing that complying with federal requirements can cause water utilities to raise rates, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced a bill this week aimed at helping low-income households pay their bills.
Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood retention basins.
The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.
The state Water Resources Control Board released a survey this week that revealed that Californians actually have increased their water use amid the worst drought in decades — despite a spirited public-relations campaign about saving water.
A Superior Court judge has ordered the Castaic Lake Water Agency, Santa Clarita Valley’s water retailer, to rescind an illegal “special tax” imposed on Santa Clarita Valley water retailers, who passed that rate on to customers.
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in C.W. Nevius’ column:
Gleneagles, the quirky, challenging, everyman’s golf course in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods, is having trouble making ends meet. … However, the latest blow, a major increase in water rates, has course operator Tom Hsieh wondering if the effort is worth it.
In April, the city [Detroit] set a target of cutting service to 3,000 customers a week who were more than $150 behind on their bills. In May, the water department sent out 46,000 warnings and cut off service to 4,531.
The East Bay’s largest water supplier failed to give the public an adequate explanation of a 9.75 percent water increase, the first of two big increases in consecutive years, Alameda County’s civil grand jury has concluded.