Tuesday , May 28 2024

Fresno City Council passes the Water Plan

The Fresno City Council voted six to one to approve a massive infrastructure plan.

The vote on the $429 million project came after nearly five hours of debate. The only no vote coming from council member Sal Quintero.

The plan will double the average family’s water bill over the next five years. The state had said it would take over Fresno’s water system if they don’t solve groundwater depletion and contamination issues. Fresno residents will see the first increase on their water bills by March 30th. Construction of a new water treatment plant is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

"The City Council tonight voted overwhelmingly on a six to one vote to move forward with our planned water infrastructure and that’s great news for the people of Fresno," Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno, said.

"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," Clint Olivier, Fresno City Councilman said.

"I can’t live with myself if I become someone who kicks the can down the road. I’ve complained about this so long I just can’t do it. I’ve complained about this so long I just can’t do it. So I’m going to be supportive of this project," Steve Brandau, Fresno City Councilman said.

Right now, the average Fresno water bill is around $24. That rate would go up to $49.22 a month in the next five years. 

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