COVINA — The City Council approved a resolution Tuesday that cuts prices for customers of the city's water division and shifts control of future rate increases from the city manager to the council.
The resolution, which eliminates the practice of charging higher rates for consumers at higher elevations, incorporates changes recommended by a citizens committee and approved by the council Jan. 22.
The new rates, approved by a 3-0 vote, apply to billing periods beginning on or after Jan. 1. Mayor Pro Tem Tom O'Leary and Councilman Henry Morgan were absent.
The rates were raised in September, but the council-appointed Ad Hoc Water Rate Committee charged in a report last month that officials were artificially inflating water rates. Officials denied it but said they would go along with reductions urged by the citizens' panel.