City protests water move, says restrictions are unjust and unreasonable

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The city of Ojai has lodged a protest with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), contesting the validity of the Golden State Water Company’s (GSWC’s) recent bid to impose Stage 3 conservation measures along with a new surcharge for excessive water use.
In August, Pat Scanlon, GSWC vice president of operations, said the company would be seeking CPUC approval for revisions to the 14.1-OJ Staged Mandatory Conservation and Rationing Plan, cited by GSWC as its authorization to change conservation standards. In an Oct. 7 letter, the water provider informed its Ojai customers they would be under Stage 3 conservation rules as of Nov. 4. Customers also would be subject to a $5 drought surcharge, applicable to every 748 gallons exceeding allocation, the letter stated.

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