LA CRESCENTA — An election forum for six candidates running for three available seats on the Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors remained civil as they sparred over sewage rates, rainwater collection and conservation.
The campaign for three spots on the five-member board has emerged as the largest race in recent years, observers said. More than two dozen residents attended the forum, which was hosted by the Crescenta Valley Community Assn., a group that tries to bridge the multiple jurisdictional borders in the Crescenta Valley.
Water rates are slated to rise every year for five years, a response to years of drought and reduced water shipments from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies much of the area’s water. La Crescenta saw water use drop 22%, compared with a five-year baseline average, the steepest drop off in the area, officials reported.