Solano County

Hearing set to keep water rates affordable

By From page A4 | February 01, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A hearing on the topic of keeping water rates affordable will take place Monday in Sacramento, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada says.

The Davis Democrat, whose district includes parts of Solano County, will convene the joint oversight hearing that joins two state committees.

“Ensuring clean and reliable water is important, but it’s time to examine what the state can do to ensure that all populations have fair access to this fundamental resource,” Yamada said in a press release. “Seniors and others on fixed incomes continue to pay more for basic necessities, but unlike food and medication, there are few programs providing relief for large water-rate increases.”

California’s investor-owned water utilities have submitted requests in recent years to the California Public Utilities Commission for water rate increases ranging from 7 percent to 45 percent in order to improve water infrastructure and reliability, Yamada said. These requests require closer inspection to ensure that the increases do not disproportionately affect low-income or fixed-income populations such as seniors, the assemblywoman said.

Contact the state Aging and Long-Term Care Committee at 916-319-3990 for more information.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • The MisterFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:18 am

    So, as this drought progresses, you will "conserve" because you want to do the right thing for the community and because the government will force you to conserve. The result; you'll be using significantly less water. The problem; you'll pay less on your water bill. No, it's not a problem for you... it's a problem for the government. The answer; increase the rates! It works for them... does that work for you?

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  • http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/01/autism-spectrum.aspx?e_cid=20140201Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140201Z1&et_cid=66919443&et_rid=416084401February 01, 2014 - 8:56 am

    The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum February 01, 2014 Dr Mercola..................This piece talks about toxicity build-up and nutrient deficiency during pregnancy.....The Fluoride in the water compounds toxicity issues and builds up in the bodies of children, contributing to the toxicity overload.

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