By Robert Haugh
At last week’s Council meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a four percent increase in residential water rates. The increase takes effect July 1, 2021
Council member Suds Jain requested that City staff present the water and sewer rate information, even though it’s been presented several times already.
“This is raising rates to the public, I think we should present so the public is aware,” said Jain.
The four percent water usage fee increase is below the 9.1 percent increase announced by Valley Water. Santa Clara continues to have lower overall water, recycled water, and sewer rates than our surrounding neighbors: San Jose, Sunnyvale and Milpitas.
There was no increase in recycled water or sewer rates.
According to City staff, the rate increase will help fund capital improvement projects and maintenance.
Nine residents contested the water rate increases. The City has a 25 percent rate assistance program for qualified residents.