San Diego County Water Authority sues wholesaler for overcharging

The San Diego County Water Authority board voted unanimously in a special meeting Thursday to sue its primary supplier of water, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The Water Authority, which purchases its water wholesale from Metropolitan and then sells it to San Diego County member agencies, said in a written statement that it believes the way Metropolitan structures its rates resulted in a $26.6 million overcharge to the Water Authority in 2010, and will result in a $230 million overcharge in 2021. The board authorized its attorney to file the lawsuit, but left the door open for additional negotiations with Metropolitan.

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