Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to Continue Current Water Supply Allocations
Today the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the San Diego County Water Authority's largest supplier, voted to continue the present level of water supply allocations for its member agencies through June 30, 2011, pending a final review of statewide water supply conditions in May. MWD also approved successive 7.5 percent increases in water rates for calendar years 2011 and 2012.
In response, Claude A. "Bud" Lewis, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the San Diego County Water Authority, has issued the following statement:
"Our water supplies are still being constrained by regulatory restrictions in Northern California. MWD's decision to continue allocations for a second year means water supply shortages likely will continue in the San Diego region into 2011. It's important that residents and businesses continue to use water efficiently and follow local water use restrictions in effect.
Next month the Water Authority board will review water supply conditions and decide the appropriate shortage allocation level in San Diego County.
MWD's decision to raise rates also means the costs to provide our region with a reliable water supply are escalating. The price San Diego County residents and businesses pay for water will rise next year, and again in 2012. We are still analyzing what the exact impact on the Water Authority will be. In May, the Water Authority Board will determine its rates and charges for calendar year 2011 based on MWD's rate increases and other factors. A public hearing and final approval of the Water Authority's rates and charges will take place in June.
These latest water supply and water rate developments reinforce the need for the Water Authority to continue its strategy to diversify the region's water supply portfolio. This strategy is already reducing our region's exposure to supply shortages and rate volatility, and will continue to provide increasing benefits for the region over the next decade."
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