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Los Osos water usage rate may go up

Posted at 12:04 AM, Jan 17, 2020

On Thursday, there was a Los Osos community meeting to discuss a water usage rate increase.

The meeting was held by the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works at Monarch Grove Elementary School in Los Osos.

Los Osos's water recycling facility began operation in 2016. It's purpose was to provide "highly treated" water for irrigation and promote sustainability, according to a County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works press release.

Though operational in 2016, the water usage rate was established in 2010--based on estimated operational costs and winter water consumption.

Now, that 10 year usage rate may go up if the department's proposal gets approved; and some Los Osos residents aren't happy about it.

"Some people are shocked, and I think some people are very angry--because they did com here to live out their lives and retire, but they may not be able to afford to stay," said Los Osos resident Julie Tacker.

The Department of Public Works has proposed a five-year plan to increase rates starting on July 1, 2020.

In year one of the deal: single family homes would see a $10.42 increase per month in average monthly cost.

Year two: $12.16 increase.
Year three: $3.12 increase.
Year four: $3.21 increase.
Year five: $3.31 increase.