Fresno County town faces water shut off as residents reject rate hike

Residents of the western Fresno County town of Canuta Creek are facing the prospect of having their water service shut off after telling Fresno County supervisors that they don’t want to pay higher bills for water service.

Officials say water service to the town may be cut off within the next two months to the tiny Western Fresno County town.

Water costs have risen dramatically, as the price of water treatment and infrastructure maintenance have jumped. Rate payers are required to shoulder those costs, but many say now they don’t want to pay.

As the state faces a record-breaking drought, water prices from Westlands Water District have more than tripled, going from $348 per acre-foot last year to $1,144 per acre-foot today.

Fresno County’s policies “require each county service area to keep enough in reserve to pay for maintenance, repairs and price spikes. Residents last year approved a rate increase to a minimum $72 per household, but that was before water prices soared. The district now has a deficit of $66,000, which will reach $90,000 without a rate increase by the end of June,” the Fresno Bee reports.

“Water bills were proposed to rise to a base rate of $102 per month as of March 1. The residents’ votes were counted Feb. 24, and more than 70% turned down the $30 monthly increase.”

“Water bills were proposed to rise to a base rate of $102 per month as of March 1. The residents’ votes were counted Feb. 24, and more than 70% turned down the $30 monthly increase.”


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