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Jul 27, 2014 3:28 AM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Cambria residents approve water rate hike

Residents in Cambria will soon be dishing out more money to pay their water bills. City officials said on Thursday, 80-percent of residents approved a project by the Cambria Community Services District.

Officials from Cambria said the project will implement reusing water from treated sewer plants and trying to use fresh water they get from streams.

The goal is to have an alternative supply of fresh drinking water for residents during times of severe drought. Jim Behringer of the Cambria Community Services District said "we're gonna be taking brackish water that's a combination of fresh water, some water that had gone through our sewer plant on primary treatment and a little bit of salt. We're going to reprocess that and be able to use that for drinking water."

Behringer said residents will start seeing the increase on their water bills September 1st.

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