Water, Electricity Rate Hikes One Step Closer for DWP Customers

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A Los Angeles City Council committee approved plans Tuesday to increase water and power rates, moving Department of Water and Power customers one step closer to higher bills this spring.

A Los Angeles City Council committee approved water and electricity rate hikes Tuesday. The plan now goes to the full council. (Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles City Council committee approved water and electricity rate hikes Tuesday. The plan now goes to the full council. (Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

With three members present, the Energy and Environment Committee cleared the way for the full council to consider the DWP’s rate proposals at its Wednesday meeting.

If approved, rates will increase 4.7% for water and 3.86% for power each year for five years, the city's ratepayer advocate said.

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

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