State gives Sunbird residents a break on water rates

Residents of the Sunbird Mobile Home Park in Thermal took a trip to testify before state lawmakers last month, and it’s paying off.

Residents of the park, at 84-950 Echol Road, will avoid what some there have described as “unconscionably high” water rates — at least for a while — thanks to a temporary ruling last week by the state’s public utilities commission.

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Thermal mobile home park residents see water bill relief

The California Public Utilities Commission announced Thursday that Sunbird management can no longer bill residents above the park’s top two tiers of water usage, pending resolution of a complaint filed last November by several Sunbird residents.

The PUC’s ruling also states that the park cannot use residents’ non-payment of a water bill as grounds to evict them, pending a final decision.

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Experts call for hike in global water price

World Bank and OECD say water is a finite resource that must be valued at a higher price in order to repair old supply systems and build new ones.

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More Expensive Water? Experts Say a Price Hike Is a Must

Water is one of the most undervalued resources we have. Especially in the developed world, we pay a fraction of the true cost of water in order to have the required resource run from our taps. But really, a barrel of water is more valuable than a barrel of oil at any price, and we’re going to see that reality first hand. To ease the inevitable pain and slow our consumption of water to more reasonable levels, experts say that we need to up the price of water now.

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Smart water meters, dumb meters, no meters

Temecula-area water district customers to get special bills

Starting this week, Rancho California Water District customers will be receiving “shadow” bills along with their regular bills showing the effect the upcoming tiered rate system will have on what they pay for water.

The shadow bills are not meant to be paid. Rather, they show what customers might pay once the tiered rates go into effect July 1.

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Proposed water-rate increase in Visalia is under fire

Visalia officials could rebel against a California Water Service Co. proposal to raise Visalia customers’ rates by 63 percent over three years.

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