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.
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