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Citizens interested in learning more about the City of Artesia’s proposed water rate increase as part of its Water Conservation Plan are encouraged to attend a public information session Friday.

The “Lunch & Learn,” hosted by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, will begin at noon Friday at the Artesia Public Library. Light lunch will be provided.

Information regarding the rate increase, how it will affect citizens, and its reasons for implementation will be discussed.

The Artesia City Council has yet to approve the rate increases; after hearing a presentation from Scott Verhines, president/CEO of Occam Engineers Inc., at its Jan. 24 meeting, the council planned to schedule a public hearing prior to consideration and potential adoption at its Tuesday, Feb. 28, meeting.

The council pointed out Jan. 24 that previous town halls on the subject were sparsely attended by the public.