SDCTA Supports San Diego County Water Authority Lawsuit vs. Metropolitan Water District
he San Diego region is heavily dependent upon the delivery of water from the Metropolitan Water District, and thus costs of local water districts are subject to the rates set by policy makers in the north. The lawsuit being pursued by the San Diego County Water Authority challenges those rates as a means to limit the rate increases that ratepayers have come to expect each year. While a final decision may not be expected for some time, the challenge is a necessary step to provide ratepayers relief that could total $1.3 to $2.1 billion over the next 45 years. Despite the outcome of this lawsuit, the County Water Authority, as well as other agencies, must limit labor cost increases as an additional means to reduce rate increases into the future.