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Water rates may rise

Posted: November 28, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: November 28, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Residents of Acton and Val Verde could end up paying more for their water after the county supervisors vote on a recommendation to raise rates in those areas.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a recommendation to raise water rates in county areas that include Acton and Val Verde.

If the five-member board approves the recommendation, Acton water users who now pay $50.35 for their water can expect to pay $52.71 for the same amount of water next year.

Likewise, Val Verde residents who now pay $65.36 can expect to pay $70.52.

Officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works who want the board to approve the rate hikes cite inflation costs and increased costs for buying wholesale water.

County water districts serving Acton and Val Verde buy all of their water from Santa Clarita Valley’s water wholesaler, the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

The two local county communities would pay less of an increase than other county areas if the recommendation is approved.
Acton and Val Verde would see an increase of 4.7 per cent and 7.9 per cent, respectively.

Communities in Malibu, Marina Del Rey and the Antelope Valley would see increases of 8.3, 10.9 and 9.6 percent respectively if approved.


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