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Water rate conference today


The city of Lancaster will host today from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. a water rate reform conference at the city council chambers, 44933 Fern Ave.

The conference will review the current  state water rates reform movement, and will  present findings in support of a call for legislative reform of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) rules, policies and practices related to rate-making cases.

The Coalition, which includes a number of Lancaster residents, includes advocates for about 1.5 million of the estimated 6.2 million Californians services by water companies whose rates are established by the CPUC. Lancaster has adopted a city resolution (No. 1758) in advocating for fair, equitable and financially affordable rates for California customers or investor-owned for-profit water utilities.

Among the representatives expected are CFPUC commissioners and the CPUC Office of Rate Payer Advocates.