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City councilmembers stay at work on controlling the rate water costs increase in San Diego. The water bill increases charged to ustomers in 2014 and 2015 cover only the least amount the city can cover with ratepayer money. The added costs for water supply the County Water Authority charged the city the two years before 2013.

A plan to purify water supplied from San Vicente Resevoir will add water to the limited supply slow. Local water supply amounts remain low at the resevoir that underwent a dam raise until the resevoir gets refilled with imported water and rainfall. As late as five years out.

Advanced water purification will not play a major role in cost control until after the city council agrees the purification demonstration project proves the purified water gives San Diego both the water and the affordable cost it needs.

Keeping the supply amount enough to deliver to local residents all the needed water they pay for stays unfinished work. The decision to cover old county supply price increases did not move the city ahead onthe work on controlling its costs. A decision District 7's councilman said should not have been made after the water fee was set and the city's increased costs already covered. Improvements to water supply productivity costs still are needed.

San Diegans with the green controlled water systems enjoy lower bills. Work replacing old systems spread efficient use around the city. Costs the city pays to delive water to customers get paid with the private ratepayer money that comes in at lowered dollar amounts.

The cty's water bill is just too big to pay with green system bills in the near future. City workers stay at work replacing old water pipes with PVC pipes. Cheaper pipe delivery costs did not make the replacements a bargain. New residents, in Mission Valley and other growing communities in the city, who can pay a share of the city bill can not lower their own bills without lowering valuable city revenue.

Unstable rising water costs depend on a city decision to put work into making the city supply system an investment that allows the city to fully recover its costs. And, keep ratepayer bills down.

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