COMMERCE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Central Basin Municipal Water District General Manager has sent a letter to Golden State Water demanding an explanation for the very high water bills that residents of the City of Bell have been receiving. Central Basin heard about the high residential bills from a group of citizens at Central Basin's monthly meeting last Wednesday and committed to help the residents.
"We are perplexed and concerned about the high rates that Bell residents are paying when compared to nearby cities," said Central Basin General Manager "Central Basin's wholesale rate structure is uniform, so it makes no sense to us that city of Bell residents are paying much more than people in neighboring cities. Hopefully Golden State can provide some answers."
Central Basin has already pledged to bring its legislative representative to a meeting with the residents next week on October 5, to help them bring the issue to the California Public Utilities Commission.
"We are pleased that the City of Bell and others might be interested in joining us in getting answers for their residents," continued Aguilar. "It is our intention to help the residents however we can and it is our goal to keep the focus on the issue. We will not allow for other agencies to manipulate the facts or hijack this issue for their own political gain. This is about protecting the residents and doing the right thing. We hope to work with the city and others to achieve this."
Aguilar sent a letter to the City of Bell inviting them to send a representative to the October 5 meeting.
"Golden State's recent rate hikes are off the charts. Something must be done for the people of our community and we intend to help them," said Central Basin Board President Ed Vasquez last week after Bell residents alerted Central Basin to the high bills.
Central Basin is a public agency that wholesales imported water to cities, mutual water companies, investor-owned utilities and private companies in southeast Los Angeles County, serving a population of more than 2 million. In addition, Central Basin provides the region with recycled water for municipal, commercial and industrial uses. Formed in 1952, Central Basin is committed to ensuring a safe and reliable water supply for the region. For more information please visit www.centralbasin.org.
SOURCE Central Basin Municipal Water District