Groveland: Conserve water or pay more

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat

Groveland property owners with public water and sewer connections will see their bills go up beginning next month unless they cut back usage about 20 percent.

The Groveland Community Services District Board of Directors on Monday approved emergency rates for both services in response to the region's three-year drought.

The district is in the midst of 20 percent water conservation measures, and the new rates are meant to balance the expected loss of revenue from decreased use.

The move is the latest by Mother Lode water providers to deal with a drought that is tightening supplies and bringing about statewide restrictions.

"I'm not really happy about this, but I understand the need for it," said GCSD Director Scott Wemmer.

Under the new rates, which are meant to be temporary, water and sewer customers who conserve 20 percent over last year's usage will actually see a slight reduction in their bills. Water customers who keep their use under 4,000 gallons a month will also see a slight drop.

But for those who do not reach that level of conservation, the usage rate on water bills will increase depending on the volume consumed.

For the complete story, see the July 22, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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