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San Mateo set to hike sewer rates: City looks to 36 percent increase to fund $900M wastewater treatment overhaul

Published Thursday March 9

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San Mateo residents may be expected to start paying up to 36 percent more to flush their toilets as the city seeks to make up for a drought-related lack of revenue needed to fund an overhaul of its wastewater treatment plant.

As abundant heeded calls to conserve during the statewide dry spell, it left the city in a precarious position because, in San Mateo, sewer rates are tied to water consumption.

Since the loans are competitive, it would help for the city to demonstrate it can pay back the loan by having an ongoing revenue source. The increased sewage rates could provide that stability, she said.

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