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Insurance Rates Rise for Water District

Because of a pair of sexual harassment lawsuits that the Mesa Consolidated Water District spent $170,000 to settle, the agency’s liability insurance rate is going up about 10%.

Representatives of the Joint Powers Insurance Authority, which covers dozens of water districts in California, told the district’s board Thursday that the premium was increasing.

Dan Klaff, assistant general manager of the authority, said he does not know the exact dollar figure for the increase.

“There was no doubt in my mind it would go up,” said Hank Panian, director of Mesa Consolidated. “We had a couple of incidents, and now we have to pay for it.”

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