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Poway water and wastewater rates could increase

Posted at 11:32 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 02:32:32-05

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) - Poway city leaders will be holding a public hearing on March 3, to discuss increasing water and wastewater rates.

The city council is also expected to vote on the issue that night.

The city is looking to increase its water revenue by 4.5 percent and wastewater revenue by 6.3 percent each year for the next two years. The first increase would kick in March 2020, and the second in January 2021.

The rate increases are due to costs and investment infrastructure.

“we buy our water outside the city,” Poway city councilmember Barry Leonard said. “We don’t have our own water supply. We are reliant on the county. The county passes their increases onto us. We, in turn, pass them onto the residents.”

The city will also change the structure of the rate system. Customers will be placed into tiers based on usage and charged accordingly.

“It’ll affect most people across the board, but on the high end, it will affect them even more,” Leonard said.