Water rates increased for Menlo Park residents

May 19, 2010 10:10:32 AM PDT
Menlo Park residents will be paying more for water after their city council approved a series of increases.

Some residents' rate will jump 16.5 percent, each of the next five years. Council members say they have to help pay for upgrades to the Hetch Hetchy water system.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which runs the system, will charge cities higher rates to help pay for the $4.5 billion upgrades.

The average Menlo Park user will see their bill jump from $34 to $40 per month.