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SANTA ANA, CA (January 5, 2015) – On December 2, 2014, the City Council unanimously approved a water and sewer system study and provided direction to staff to proceed with notification of proposed water and sewer rate adjustments in compliance with proposition 218 requirements.

The City estimates the five-year average water rate increase will be 2.2% per year and the five-year average sewer rate increase will be 9.3% per year for a combined average of about 3% per year. For details on the study, please refer to the study online at

The City of Santa Ana owns and operates a water system and a sewer collection system that provides services to a population of over 330,000. The City Council directed staff to perform a comprehensive examination of City assets, capital needs and financial condition of both the water and sanitary sewer enterprises.

As a result of this study, the City of Santa Ana is proposing a water and sewer rate adjustment that, if adopted by City Council, would help fund critical capital improvement project needs and offset rising operational costs.

“This proposed water and sewer rate adjustment will go a long way to improve the City’s aging infrastructure and prevent future water or sewer line breaks,” said Fred Mousavipour, Executive Director of Public Works.

The proposed rate adjustment would maintain the City’s existing level of service as well as address the City’s long term water and sewer infrastructure needs. Specific goals for the long-term plan include:

• Set recommended level of operating and capital reserves
• Develop a Rehabilitation and Replacement (R&R) Program for routine capital
• Improve revenue stability

With the adjustment, the City’s overall rates will continue to be among the lowest among Southern California water and sewer agencies. Copies of the Water & Sewer Rate Studies are available for review on the City website, the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall Public Works Counter and the City’s Main Library.

The City welcomes comments and input on the proposed rate adjustment. A public hearing is scheduled for February 17, 2015, at 5:45 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701.


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2 thoughts on “The City Council considering water and sewage rate increases”
  1. Good news for the Council:

    P. David Benavides go a new listing!

    This gem is a one bedroom condo in a rundown part of Anaheim. It’s asking price: $155,000!

    P. David stands to net almost $3,500 on this transaction! Good Going Dave.

    How, might one ask, does a Democratic City Councilman afford to live on a paltry sum of $4,000 per quarter? Where does PDB get his money? We know the mayors business dealings are an affront to P. David, so let’s open the books Dave. how do you support yourself (or your kids) on such a small amount of money?

    We know you collect rent from the repo-man (Benavides rents his daughters bedroom to a towtruck driver/repo man), Public records indicate you financed much of your campaign on an “Old Navy” branded master Card (Really?? You used the card you got and told Emily it was for the kids clothes to finance your run for council?????)

    How about asking the Voice Of OC to hold Pablo David benavides to a higher standard ad disclose his financial income. Phil Shchaffer, he is NOT. With Less than $500,000 in total sales in 18 months, the question is clear: HOW DOES BENAVIDES MAKE A LIVING?

    Please republish this, Reword it, research this, no one else will.

    I guess the payoff from the Anti-Food truck crowd pays well, just not in cash, but taco’s!

  2. The City of Santa Ana has imposed strict “emergency” water conservation regulations including mandatory usage reduction with heavy monetary penalties for non-compliance.

    They have untruthfully blamed State mandates for these onerous money grabbing City regulations – and have done this without regard to an existing City water conservation ordinance.

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