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Fresno Approves $429 Million Water Plan

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The Fresno City Council voted 6-1 to pass the $429 million water plan. Councilman Sal Quintero was the only member to oppose the plan. <br /><br />The vote came after a five hour city council meeting that discussed the complex water infrastructure issue. <br /><br />Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin said she was pleased with the results sayin, &quot;It is great news for the City of Fresno.&quot;<br /><br />The urgency to make a decision was stressed in the meeting. The state has said they will take over Fresno’s water system if they don’t solve groundwater depletion and contamination issues. <br /><br />The council also approved the Enterprise and Accountability Oversight Act. Which holds the city accountable for spending on big budget projects like the water plan. <br /><br />&quot;We won’t find out three years from now that we are way behind schedule and we are going to go over budget. This council and administration has prevented that from happening,&quot; Councilman Clint Olivier said. <br /><br />The plan will double the average families water bill over the next five years. Those bills will see an increase on March 30th. <br /><br />Construction on the new treatment plant is scheduled to be completed in September/October 2018<br /><br /></div>

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