When Crescenta Valley Water District customers receive their next sewer and water bills, the cost will be higher than usual following a rate hike that went into effect on Tuesday.
The district's board of directors approved the rate increases last week. Water bills will see a 5.8% jump while sewer bills will rise by 4.7%. A 4.4% sewer rate increase for July 1, 2015, was also approved.
The bimonthly water bill for a typical residence with a 3/4-inch meter using 22 units of water, or 22,000 gallons, is set to increase by $8.10 to $147.46, according to a district notice. The bimonthly sewer bill is slated to go up by $3 to $67.50 after the first rate change and by another $3 to $70.50 in 2015.
The board split 3-2 on the water rate increase with Kerry Erickson and Judy Tejeda dissenting as they called for a smaller hike. However, the board unanimously approved the two consecutive years of sewer-rate increases.
In July 2013, the district ratcheted up its water rate by 5.6% and its sewer rate by 8.4%
The district plans to use the extra revenue to fix aging water and sewer infrastructure. The district pays for all capital repairs and replacements with rate revenues.
Projects planned on the water side for next fiscal year include rehabilitating two groundwater wells, purchasing an additional water source, completing a study to use storm water to recharge the groundwater basin and replacing 3,000 linear feet of aging pipelines, mostly installed in the 1950s.
There are also aging sewer collection parts that district officials said must be maintained to a level set by state and federal regulations.