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Tahoe City PUD to host water workshop Friday

TAHOE CITY ” The Tahoe City Public Utility District will host an open house workshop Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to educate local residents about water conservation techniques, how to properly read their water meters, and the proposed rate increases set to take effect April 1 of this year.

The Utility District Board of Directors approved the increase on water and sewer rates at a Board meeting on Nov. 23, 2008.

Since that time, a notice of proposed rate increases was included in rate payers’ Jan. 1 water and sewer statements.

And as questions will arise, as they typically do, when residents are asked to pay more money, the Utility District’s two open houses are planned to clear up any confusion rate payers might have.

“This will give people an opportunity to understand the rate increase that will be voted on in a month,” said Alan Harry, Administrator of Planning and Public Works for the Utility District. “They can also learn about the capital infrastructure improvements that will be made over the next five years.”

The rate increases are designed to help finance improvements to the aging water and sewer systems that supply Tahoe City. According to the notice mailed out to rate payers, the Utility District operate five separate water systems including over 67 miles of water lines, 11 tanks, and 10 water supply wells, many of which are undersized and do not meet current industry standards.

Following the two public workshops, rate payers will have to opportunity to protest the rate increase during a public hearing that will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 in the Utility District board room.

The Utility District’s website is being updated daily to keep customers up to date with information about the increase, according to Harry.

The next open house meeting will be on Feb. 18.

Tahoe City water and sewer rate payers can visit http://www.tahoecitypud.com for a copy of the proposed rate increase notice as well as a water rate calculator designed to help customers determine the cost of their water bills following the increase.

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