The San Diego County Water Authority went on record Tuesday opposing a rate increase by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies much of the water used in San Diego.

The San Diego County Water Authority is upgrading the All-American Canal to increase water supplies from sources other than the Metropolitan Water District. Photo courtesy water authority

The Los Angeles-based water district’s board on Tuesday approved rate increases of 1.5 percent for 2015 and 2016 despite having what the San Diego authority considers more than sufficient cash reserves. The San Diego authority’s delegates voted against the rate increases.

“MWD had a chance to help ratepayers and water agencies by providing rate relief,” said Thomas V. Wornham, chair of the San Diego authority’s board of directors. “Instead, it’s continuing to charge more in an era when other public agencies are struggling to make do with less.”

The San Diego authority has been battling the MWD over rates in a long-running suit.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.