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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO : Water District May Raise Its Rates by 6%

Homeowners served by the Capistrano Valley Water District may soon have to pay nearly $2 more a month for their water.

The water district’s board of directors will consider a proposed 6% rate increase during a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. June 7 in the City Council chambers, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

If the proposed rate hike is approved, the average household water bill will increase from $28.25 a month to $30 a month.

District officials say they are proposing the new rate because the agency will soon begin paying 7% more for the water it receives from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

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In addition, the district’s electricity bill for pumping water has increased by about 9%.

The June 7 hearing has been scheduled to consider the rate hike and the district’s 1994-95 budget.

Recently, the district’s Water Advisory Commission recommended adoption of the proposed budget and water rate increase.

The district’s rate has increased steadily over the past three years. Last July, the district board approved a 12% rate hike.

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