The Ventura County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 12-percent increase. The board also approved a tier-rate adjustment, which requires residents to lower water usage to winter levels year round.
The changes will go into effect in May.
According to the Ventura County Star, supervisors had originally rejected the increase after receiving letters from Moorpark residents. But when the board was told the alternative was water rationing, supervisors opted for the rate hike.