Carl DeMaio’s plan to reduce water rates

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego city councilman said Wednesday he is forming a task force to find ways to lower water rates by 15 percent over the next five years.

Councilman Carl DeMaio said at a meeting of the council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee that his constituents frequently complain about water costs.

“I hear from residents all the time that the water rates are unacceptable,” DeMaio said.

In January, the City Council approved a 5.9 percent increase in rates, passing along hikes from water wholesalers. DeMaio was one of two dissenters to the action.

The increase amounted to $3.41 per month for the average homeowner, with the typical bill around $72.

DeMaio invited members of the public to either serve on the task force or pass along their ideas. He said he hoped for a report by fall.

Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, at the same meeting, unveiled a plan to overhaul the city's policies for maintaining a sustainable and affordable water supply.

Residents tell her their lawns are brown but they aren't seeing lower water bills, while business leaders say they need access to a stable water supply, Lightner said.

Existing policies are outdated and often inconsistent, she said. Lightner said she hopes to bring her proposals forward for approval during the summer.

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