As Californians brace themselves for scorching summers and decreasing water reserves, a recent announcement has sent ripples of concern through households and businesses all throughout Southern California. The latest water bill hike is set to take effect this summer, and it threatens to burden millions with substantial increases in their monthly expenses.

According to Newsweek, this decision comes hot on the heels of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's (MWD) budget approval, which promises not only rate hikes but also a doubling of property tax assessments over the next two years.

What is the root cause of this?

Newsweek reports, "In Encinitas, a failing dam is causing limited capacity at the Lake Hodges Reservoir, ABC 10 News reported, requiring officials to source their water elsewhere, such as from the MWD, which is more expensive than local options. Water bills will jump by 9 percent on July 1. Subsequent spikes will follow over the next two years."

The ramifications extend far beyond individual households, as plenty of businesses are already dealing with monthly water bills that are much higher — some even ranging from $2,300 to $3,200. And as for MWD customers, water rates are set to rise by 8.5 percent in 2025, with an additional 8.5 percent increase slated for 2026.

These adjustments will directly impact the monthly water bills of the 26 public water agencies in the district, which serve over 19 million across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties.

Source: Adapted from insights by Newsweek.

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