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E.C. council to stage rate-hike hearing

April 02, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on whether it should raise water and wastewater rates throughout the city to upgrade both systems.

The council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. at 1275 Broadway.

The city charges $25.87 per month for water. If approved, the new rate would be $27.96 effective July 1, 2002. By the end of the planned upgrades — seven years — the rate is expected to be $37.59.

On the wastewater treatment side, the city charges $25.91 monthly. On July 1, the rate would go up to $27.46, and by 2007 it should reach $34.67.

The city's water treatment plant was built in 1954 and has undergone upgrades as needed. Its original design capacity is 18 million gallons per day, with actual capacity between 13-14 million and peak demand about 12 million. The city projects $14.8 million in upgrades.


The wastewater treatment plant was built in 1957. Its capacity is 8 million gallons per day. It treats about 4 million and has a peak of about 6 million. An estimated $22.3 million in upgrades is needed.

In other business, the City Council will stage a public hearing to receive input on a $500,000 state community development housing grant application. The city proposes to spend $462,500 for housing rehabilitation and $37,500 for general administration.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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