FREMONT — For the 12th consecutive year, Tri-City-area residents soon might be asked to dig deeper into their wallets to pay for water, and it likely won’t be the last time.
The Alameda County Water District, which has increased rates each year since 2003, is proposing yet another hike so that it is able to supply “safe, reliable water to 336,000 customers in Fremont, Newark and Union City,” said Walt Wadlow, the agency’s general manager since 2009. “The increases will allow ACWD to offset rising costs, as well as create long-term financial sustainability.”
The Water District’s five-member board will consider the proposal Thursday night. If approved, the average residential customer in 2014 would pay $109.53 every two months, an increase of 7 percent in customers’ bimonthly bills, Wadlow said.
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