Cal Water taking case for higher rates to Chico City Council

Oct 5, 2015 8:32 PM by News Staff

The company that supplies drinking water to Chico residents will go before the public tomorrow to make its case for another water rate increase.

California Water Service says it needs more than $19 million to make improvements to its chico water delivery system, including 383 miles of pipe line and 72 wells.

Cal Water adds that about 20 percent of the main water lines in Chico were built before the 1960s.

So what would an increase mean to you? Right now, Cal Water says the typical Chico household pays about $46 a month for about 15,000 gallons.

If Cal Water's proposed three-year rate increase is approved by the California Public Utlities Commission, the average monthly water bill would climb by about $9 to about $56 a month.

This rate increase also includes consolidating its water service operations among Chico, Oroville, Marysville and Oroville. If the CPUC does not allow consolidation, the proposed rate increases would be a few dollars cheaper a month that with consolidation.

Part of the rate approval process includes local public hearings. Cal Water is expected to present its proposal before the Chico City Council at tonight's regular meeting.

For more information about Cal Water's proposal follow this link.


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