Local water rates increase

Hot on the heels of implementation of a tiered (well, perhaps stacked, since there's only two "tiers") rate structure is a huge water rate increase. The article below, from the Daily Breeze, is interesting because 1) it cites current average water consumption 2) it's short.

Hawthorne City Council approves water rate increase
From staff reports
Posted: 01/29/2009 03:47:16 AM PST

California Water Service Co. customers in Hawthorne will receive an increase in their bills beginning next month.

The Hawthorne City Council approved the water rate increase for residential customers Tuesday, after notices were mailed out about the proposed increase and only seven protests were received.

The current average rate for residential customers is $39.37 per month.

The change calls for a staggered increase of 14 percent in February, another 17percent increase in July and a 17percent increase in January 2010.

In July 2011, there will be a 6 percent reduction.

The average cost per customer will be about $62 per month in January 2010.

California Water Service Co. representatives said the additional income will cover increased water and employee costs, as well as infrastructure improvements.

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