Get Ready to Pay More for Water

Officials of the giant wholesaler that supplies all or some of the water used by 19 million Southern Californians voted Tuesday to tighten deliveries and raise fees charged to its member agencies by nearly 20 percent due to dwindling reserves amid ongoing drought conditions.

Individual customers will likely see rates go up $2 to $5 a month later this year.

The Metropolitan Water District says the state's critically low water supply, restrictions on water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and a significant increase in population since the last drought in 1991 have led to the water district seeking higher fees.

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