CAMARILLO : Water District Board Cuts Connection Fee

Camrosa Water District directors voted Thursday to reduce by about 20% the fee paid for water system connections by developers of condominiums, apartments and commercial centers.

The decision was prompted by a request by Pardee Construction to install master water meters in the 270-unit Corte Bella condominium project off Woodcreek Road, said Gina Manchester, Camrosa general manager.

Manchester said she recommended that the board create a new per-unit fee category for high-density developments, which resulted in the fee cut, rather than grant Pardee's request. She said the cost break should be passed along to residents of future high-density developments.

Master meters, which measure water used by numerous customers at a time, would not have allowed the district to work with individual residents on conservation measures or billing problems, she said.

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