City of San Diego proposes water rate hike

SAN DIEGO — A proposal by the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department to raise water rates more than 7 percent in each of the next two years is scheduled to go before the City Council on Tuesday.

water ratesThe proposed increases would be 7.25 percent in the calendar year 2014, and an additional 7.5 percent the next year. The higher rates would vary among individual customers based on their amount of water usage.

The City Council won’t be deciding whether to approve the plan at next week’s meeting, but rather will schedule a public hearing for November and authorize notices to be delivered to water customers.

The proposed rate increases are the result of a study on the projected costs for the department to provide water to area residents and businesses. Among the factors considered were increases in wholesale water rates and the need to pay debt service on major infrastructure projects.

The Public Utilities Department said it absorbed higher costs recently imposed by the Metropolitan Water District, the major wholesaler in Southern California, by reducing other expenses.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said the rate “adjustment” is “very necessary” to afford the city’s higher costs.

“What we’ve done for the past two years is to absorb the additional cost of water within the city’s budget,” Gloria said. “We can’t continue on that path. This is the fiscally responsible way to handle it, so I support that, and I think the City Council will support it, as well.”

Water rates in San Diego were last raised on March 1, 2011.

5 comments

  • George Rosenblatt

    How about this idea instead? Everyone at the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department take a pay cut and have their retirement plan reduced to the point that there is no need to raise rates.

  • Guest

    Just one more reason to "jump ship" and move out of state. The cost of living is way too high. But what do you expect from a state that USED to have the worlds 5th largest economy to having more welfare recipients then people working? I'm out of here as soon as I can. I've had enough of this crap

  • Dee

    Well, I haven't gotten a pay hike in my SS and my lawn is deader than a door nail (as the saying goes)…..when does the consumer get a break…..and where are we suppose to come up with the money to pay what is already a ridiculous high amount. SDG&E raises rates at the same time, there is not enough money to pay all the monthly bills…..can't afford gas…..so stuck at home. Welcome to retirement……NOT

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