September 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The regional wholesaler that supplies all or some of the water used by 19 million Southern Californians will tighten deliveries and raise fees due to dwindling reserves amid drought and new legal restrictions.
The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California agreed Tuesday to raise fees for its 26 member agencies by nearly 20 percent. The surcharge will help cover the costs of purchasing water lost to pumping restrictions intended to protect an endangered fish in Northern California.
MWD spokesman Bob Muir says individual customers will likely see a $2 to $5 increase in their monthly bills starting in September.
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