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Giant water agency approves rate hikes in S. Calif
Giant water agency approves rate hikes after San Diego launches unusual attack
By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) ' Southern California's giant water wholesaler has approved a smaller rate hike than its staff proposed but it isn't low enough for San Diego officials who launched a highly unusual public relations assault.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's board on Tuesday approved 5 percent annual rate hikes for the next two years. The rate hikes apply to San Diego County and other government agencies serving 19 million people in six counties.

The board soundly rejected San Diego's call to limit annual rate increases to 3 percent.

San Diego alleges that the rate structure is stacked against the nation's eighth-largest city and its suburbs.

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