Bakersfield City Council gives unanimous approval to water rate hikes

The Bakersfield City Council meets Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Bakersfield City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to pass the 41 percent increase in water rates over the next two years.

The increase will affect those in the southwest, specifically west of Stein Road.

There will be three phases: a 16 percent bump in October 2017, another 13 percent increase in July 2018, and a final jump of 7.6 percent in July 2019.

The water in Bakersfield is tainted with 123 TCP, a chemical known to cause cancer.

To meet new state regulations, it will cost an estimate of $55 million overhaul of 41 wells that provide water to 46,000 customers.

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James Langille, Bakersfield resident, said it makes him uneasy knowing our water is tainted.

"I don't want my daughter, who is only 5, to have cancer or to get cancer ... and me too, my wife, we have to be on this planet for her ," said Langille.

Currently, Bakersfield is locked in a legal battle with big oil companies. They city says the oil companies are responsible for putting the chemical into the drinking water.

But until it is settled, expect to see an increase on your bill starting in October.

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