San Diego water customers won’t see a hike in their bills this year thanks to a decision by Mayor Jerry Sanders not to raise rates, even though the wholesale costs for water will rise 9.6 percent, said Sanders’ office.

This is the second time the city decided not to pass on increased rates. In January, wholesale costs increased about 7 percent, but the city did not raise rates, thanks in part to cuts at the Public Utilities Department, the mayor’s office said.

The city is able to continue absorbing the additional costs because the utilities department continues finding ways to save money, including completing a number of infrastructure improvement projects under budget, Sanders’ office said.

Sanders also reiterated his support for the San Diego County Water Authority, which is suing the main provider of water to the region, the Metropolitan Water District, for what he says is the artificial inflation of water prices.