Conservation leads to higher Bay Area water rates

April 14, 2011 10:30:54 AM PDT
Bay Area utility companies have done an incredible job conserving water, now they're likely getting a huge reward, a 47 percent rate increase.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, 26 Bay Area water districts that rely on the San Francisco Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are expected to use 21 million gallons less water this fiscal year than they did four years ago.

That means less revenue for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. If approved, experts say part of that 47 percent price hike will be passed onto residents from San Jose all the way to San Francisco.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the rate hike in early May.