Residents tell Arden-Arcade water board to rethink big rate increases

It was standing room only Monday night for the Del Paso Manor Water District’s public workshop on five years of rate increases that could nearly double what consumers pay.

More than 100 residents from the 1,800-customer district packed into St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Arden-Arcade to demand answers from the district’s board and staff. The rate increases would see the average bill go from $43.65 to $80 a month over five years – an 83 percent increase.

The board will make the final decision on the rate increases May 5.

General Manager Debra Sedwick said the money is needed to repair aging infrastructure in the 1-square-mile district roughly bounded by Watt and Eastern Avenues, and Maryal Drive and Marconi Avenue.

“Old pipes will affect the water quality and that’s ultimately what we want to do, is make sure we have good water quality,” Sedwick said. “Emergency repairs are very costly. If you have planned maintenance, and we can replace these mains, we’re…

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