乐动体育LEMOORE — Looming water rate hikes are the subject of a study session slated for the Lemoore City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Officials recently completed the study of what it will cost the city to improve its water system over the next five years.
The study takes into account two things that Lemoore residents are grappling with: ongoing water conservation mandates from the state and tighter federal regulations for trihalomethanes — potentially toxic byproducts of treating water with chlorine to get rid of any bacteria or viruses.
乐动体育Documents describe the discussion as a “first step” toward water rate increases.
Because Lemoore residents are conserving water in the drought, there’s less revenue coming into city coffers to pay for ongoing operation and maintenance of the city’s water infrastructure.
In addition, a conservation compliance order from the state requires city leaders to recycle more wastewater and boost efficiency across the board.
The order also requires the city to begin notifying the public by the end of March about planned water rate increases.
In other business, council members will:
Discuss plans to improve the Highway 41/Bush Street interchange. One option would install stoplights and reroute lane configurations into something called a “diverging diamond” pattern. Another option would install roundabouts.
Continue evaluating the performance of City Manager Andi Welsh. The item will be discussed in closed session. It’s not clear whether anything about the item will be publicly announced.
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