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California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

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By FENIT NIRAPPIL
Associated Press

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.

Millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding higher rates and drought surcharges.

Water departments are increasing rates and adding fees because they're losing money as their customers conserve. They say they still have to pay for fixed costs including repairing pipelines, customer service and enforcing water restrictions - and those costs aren't decreasing.

The financial blow is only expected to grow because Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered communities to slash their water use anywhere between 8 and 36 percent compared to 2013 levels in response to the four-year drought. Those cuts are expected to leave agencies with a $1 billion hole in revenue, and they'll likely turn to customers to plug it, according to state estimates.

"Just because you use less water does not mean you have lower rates or a lower bill," said Lori Dolqueist, a water attorney who represents private utilities. "All of these agencies and private water companies are being told to sell less of what they do. It's a challenge financially."

While intensive conservation reduces strains on local water supplies, it can spell trouble for government budgets.

Santa Barbara, for example, expects to lose $5 million if residents hit the city's 20 percent water use reduction target. Residents are going above and beyond and reached 37 percent in May. That's good for water supply but bad for financial stability.

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http://www.myfoxla.com/story/29477171/california-water-rates-rise-as-cities-lose-money-in-drought

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i have heard about this rate increase. with our rent..we may not be living in same apt before the year is up..i hope we can get by somehow.

 
 
 

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Everything is going up so much. Better get in a place where you can at least grow some tomatoes and a few other veggies to offset prices and eat healthy.

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This drought ordeal on the west coast appears intentional !  Over the past few years I have heard of weather modification, fracking and making drilling wells illegal and to storing water in small tubs, pools or barrels is illegal .  This is all about money and population control !  Agenda21

The executives of Nestle have said water is not a right and that it is a commodity .  Google it !

Sad in America when corporations act out of greed at the expense of human life using the government as their corporate thug .

And this government can put that thing everyone calls a Red White and Blue flag up their ass because there will never be a flag big enough to cover the genocide and or disruption of health of people not here in America or any where .  The American flag is now no longer a symbol of pride but a symbol of oppression .

I added this video just for food for thought

 

 

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