Victory For WRD Ratepayers As Appellate Court Orders Delinquent Cities To Pay Their Water Bills

Delinquent cities including Downey, Cerritos, Signal Hill and Bellflower are ordered to pay their water rate assessment: WRD ratepayers are protected

LAKEWOOD, Calif., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ratepayers of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) scored a major victory as the Court of Appeals ordered the Cities of Downey, Cerritos, Signal Hill and Bellflower, to pay their delinquent water bills.  These cities will now pay their fair share of the groundwater rate assessment, just as their residents have continued to pay their water bills.

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During the recent Appellate Court hearing, one of the Justices summed up the situation when he stated to the attorney representing the delinquent cities, "So I think you're saying we should get it (groundwater) for free and we don't have to worry about how it affects other people. That's what you're telling us.  And that's not flying with me very well here." Collectively, these cities have failed to pay over 16.7 million dollars in delinquent water bills over the last 2.5 years. This decision will protect ratepayers and allow WRD to continue providing quality groundwater for the region.

"This is a huge win for WRD ratepayers and the residents of these cities," said WRD Board President Robert Katherman.  "Residents can rest assured that when they pay their water bills, that money is going to pay for clean, reliable water and for ensuring that the region's long- term water needs are met."

Link to Appellate Court ruling; http://www.wrd.org/B242080_OPN_City_Of_Cerritos.pdf

For more information about WRD, please visit www.wrd.org.

SOURCE Water Replenishment District of Southern California



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