SACRAMENTO, CA- An informational meeting on proposed water rate hikes by California American Water brought frustration and worry over higher bills from company customers.
California American Water serves about 600,000 people in Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County.
The company plans hike over the next several years that range from roughly 16 percent to over 40 percent for many customers.
"Unfortunately, it's very important for us to continue to invest in our water infrastructure," said company spokesman Evan Jacobs.
He said the rate hikes are being fueled by new water meters required by California, along with other infrastructure and that that water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity.
Customers said they feel like they're facing sticker shock.