A judge has ordered a water district to pay the City of Ventura around a million dollars to settle a dispute over water pumping extraction charges.
The City filed two lawsuits against the United Water Conservation District, claiming that it was overcharging municipal and industrial customers, compared to agricultural users.
The city challenged the water district’s use of a law dating back to the 1960’s to set rates.
A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge who heard the case agreed, ordering the district to refund the city $962,000, plus interest.
The judge also says the city shouldn’t have to pay an extraction fee for the first six months of this year which doesn’t exceed the average of all other customers.