Casitas Municipal votes to raise its water rates

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Customers of the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) will be paying a little more for water after July 1. Meeting in regular session May 10, the Board of Directors voted to adopt CMWD's first rate increase since 2013. That vote followed the second public hearing on the proposed changes.
The increase would amount to an average 12 percent per year in water costs for the next five years, said Stantec/MWH Global consultant Mark Hildebrand, who drafted the proposal for the Board.
As scheduled, though, the specific increases vary from 12 percent. For example, the monthly pumped rates for residential water would increase July 1 from $0.88 to $0.96 per unit in Tier 1, while the pumped rate for agriculture would go from $0.90 to $1.09. The monthly service charge, or fixed rate, for a three-quarter-inch residential meter would increase from $23.34 to $28.75 and the service charge on a 2-inch agricultural meter would go from $98.22 to $138.50.

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