Water Rate Hikes Approved

Precious resource going up by 8.5 percent

Hold onto your tap!  San Diego County residents will see an overall 8.5 percent increase in water rates, following a City Council vote Tuesday.

The council voted unanimously to cover the rising costs of the city's water purchases.  That will translate into a $3.31 cent hike per single-family home. 

They also voted 5-3 to cover the costs of a pilot project that could turn highly-treated wastewater into drinking water.  Councilmen Kevin Faulconer, Tony Young and Brain Maienschein cast the dissenting votes.  The $1.19 per single-family residence will expire after the cost of the $11.8 million project has been recouped.

The higher fees will take effect Jan. 1.

The city of San Diego is under a Level 1 drought watch and has called for voluntary conservation.

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