LADWP Rate Hikes Get Preliminary Approval From L.A. City Council

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After eight months of discussions, meetings and revisions, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to the first increase in water and power base rates in years.

Water gushes from a broken main under Sunset Boulevard near UCLA in 2014. The DWP says it will spend some of the money from the proposed increase in water rates to repair crumbling infrastructure. (Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Water gushes from a broken main under Sunset Boulevard near UCLA in 2014. The DWP says it will spend some of the money from the proposed increase in water rates to repair crumbling infrastructure. (Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

With a 12-2 vote, the council gave its go-ahead to the Department of Water and Power’s proposal to boost water rates 4.7% and power rates 3.86% each year for five years.

The DWP estimates that customers who use “typical” amounts of water and electricity will see a more modest 3% average annual increase to their monthly bills. At the end of five years, those customers would pay about $21 more per month than they do now, the utility says.

Utility officials have said they hope to implement the increase by April 1.

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