Cal Water to justify water rate increases in public meeting

Apr 26, 2016 12:37 PM by News Staff

For most Chico homeowners and business owners who get their water from California Water Service, higher rates are in the works.

Especially after the company mailed notices to customers about a month ago.

But Tuesday, the public is invited to learn about the proposed water rate increases during a public hearing hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Cal Water is asking for three annual rate increases through 2019.

With the largest increase happening the first year, a typical homeowner could see next year's monthly rate increase by about $8 if Cal Water is able to consolidate its water services with Oroville, Marysville and Willows.

In its application, Cal Water cites three major needs for its increase request.

Most of the increase would go to infrastructure improvements.

Keeping pace with operation, maintenance and water supply costs are the other key reasons. Cal water emphasizes that water conservation efforts is not a factor in its rate increase request.


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