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Morro Bay water and sewer residential customers will be paying up to $41 dollars more a month for service, starting next summer. On Tuesday night, the Morro Bay city council voted to raise the rates, after counting the results of a community vote. Those opposed to the rate increase were short by an estimated 636 protest votes.

Residents of Nipomo could face higher water rates as the ongoing drought continues to take a toll on groundwater reserves.

The major water purveyors for in the area, including the Nipomo Community Resources District (NCRD), have agreed to reduce their pumping rate by 30 percent should the basin reach "severe water shortage" conditions—a specific term defined by a court-appointed group. 

NCRD General Manager Michael LeBrun says they'll have few options should they reach that low water mark.