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.