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LETTER: Some Murrieta Residents Pay Higher Sewer Rates

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Murrieta resident Douglas VanderHeide.

Murrieta has some of the highest sewer rates in the Temecula Valley. Some Murrieta residents pay $37.50, $38.75 or $42.00 per month.

A select number of Murrieta residents have the good fortune to live in an area serviced by either EMWD (Eastern) with rates as low as $19.29 per month or in the Rancho Division of RCWD and pay $22.83 per month.

The rest of Murrieta has been mercilessly carved up into 3 water districts; WMWD (Western), EVMWD (Elsinore) and the Santa Rosa Division of Rancho. None of these districts are large enough to compete with the 2 Districts that service all of Temecula and a significant number of Murrieta residents, hence the much higher rates.

When are our county and city leaders going to get involved?

—Douglas VanderHeide, Murrieta

john ryerson March 24, 2013 at 03:03 PM
i know its a ripoff. our leaders in murrieta wont do anything about it because they are all paid off buy these big companies to shut their mouth. and so goes our government.
Roberta Wrye March 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM
This has been going on for a very long time. Thanks Douglas V. for bringing this to the public's attention and doing the needed research to expose the ripoff. Murrieta Council, where are you??
Andrew Christensen March 26, 2013 at 01:01 AM
I am "lucky" enough to live in the WMWD and our water and sewer rates are about 30% higher than they were with the EMWD in our old house. It certainly isn't right that we have no choice for our water service and yet we pay more than someone two or three blocks away from here.

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