Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 11/11/2011 08:21:26 PM PST

CLAREMONT – Residents upset with Golden State Water Co.’s double-digit rate increases are being asked to attend a meeting with an administrative law judge.

Meanwhile, some locals will gather Monday to discuss the rate increases at the offices of a Pomona imaging contractor.

San Dimas-based Golden State Water has certainly provoked the ire of its customers.

The water company approved an increase of about 30 percent in late 2010, Claremont City Manager Jeff Parker said. The latest proposed increase is about 10 or 15 percent with lesser increases in subsequent years.

“We all started getting that one month bill in August,” resident Hal Hargrave said. “And then (in) September, you realize, `Oh God, it is the one month bill.’ That started the ball rolling and the public outcry started in October.”

Hargrave said he cut his water consumption in half from August 2010 to August 2011, yet his water bill from the utility doubled.

An administrative law judge will solicit comments from the public about the rates at 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

The state’s Public Utilities Commission will hold the hearing, and others, before rendering a decision on the fairness of the rates.

Councilmen raised their concerns at their Tuesday meeting with a water company representative.

One issue raised was that some residents no longer water their trees despite Claremont being known as the “City of Trees.”

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