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Santa Cruz council to mull water rate hike: Five-year plan would increase rates 61 percent

By J.M. Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.  Water Director Rosemary Menard proposes hiking rates — both the ready-to-serve and separate consumption charge — 10 percent in October and 10 percent each July for the next four years. The increases represent a total hike of 61 percent through 2019 for customers living inside and outside the city… Read the full story:

Water school helps Santa Cruz customers flush fines: More than $122K in overuse fees suspended

By J.M. Brown, Contra Costa Times

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Three days after her husband died, Melinda Williams got a shocking bill in the mail.  Water use at the two-bedroom home she rents out near downtown Santa Cruz had surpassed the limit...

New York Times Discusses Water Use in California

Saving Water in California, by The Editorial Board, New Your Times

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A July 9 editorial criticizes California for failing to do more to curb water use...

Santa Cruz water conservation efforts close to goal

By Phil Gomez, KSBW

Wednesday, June 04, 2014