As Golden State Water Company proposes a new set of spikes in the region’s water prices, Claremont is setting to take a stand against the steadily increasing burden on its residents.
The higher water rates, which may increase an additional 27 percent by 2015, have caused residents and officials to question the burden the water company is placing on its customers, said City Manager Jeff Parker. City officials, who have already filed a petition against the increase, intend to bring their concerns to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Los Angeles tomorrow evening.
“The rates have increased drastically over the past 3 years. No one can afford water anymore,” Mr. Parker said. “We are trying to protect our citizens from being gouged.”
Residents are invited to join staff in voicing their concerns during the public comment portion of Thursday’s CPUC meeting at the Ronald Reagan building located at 300 South Spring Street.
“We want to be an advocate for our citizens,” Mr. Parker said. “We are going to let the CPUC know we are here and we are concerned. We want to get the ball rolling for eventually meeting up in Sacramento.”