Almanac

News - March 24, 2010

Council docket: Water rates, infrastructure

In addition to garbage rates and fees for city services, Menlo Park's City Council will take up water pricing and infrastructure projects at its meeting Tuesday, March 23.

The council will hold a study session at 6 p.m., prior to its regular meeting, to discuss the city's five-year water rate plan.

Rates have not kept pace with the cost of water to the city, a cost that has increased by 62 percent since the council last approved a five-year rate plan in 2006. Those costs are expected to double between now and 2015, as the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission completes a major project to install new pipes bringing water to the Bay Area from the Hetch Hetchy water system.

The council may consider increasing rates disproportionately for heavy water users, to encourage conservation. It will not take formal action on the item at the March 23 meeting.

In a separate item, near the end of the meeting, the council could sign off on a five-year plan for capital improvement projects.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers, located in the Civic Center complex between Laurel and Alma streets.

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