LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Department of Water and Power is raising water rates for Los Angeles customers to help cover costs associated with meeting new federal environmental requirements.

Spokesman Brooks Baker said Wednesday the DWP board unanimously approved a hike that would add about 35 cents a month to the average residential user’s bill.

Baker says the increase is needed to meet strict water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and enforced by the California Department of Public Health.

The Los Angeles City Council must give final approval to any rates changes.

The utility has proposed broader increases, but those hikes are on hold until the City Council names a ratepayer advocate to independently analyze rates.

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Comments (3)
  1. L_T says:

    You can thank the high priestess Mary D. Nichols and the global warming nut jobs for your new rates.

  2. Astonished says:

    Well, you knew they had to get those rate hikes in now, before the so-called taxpayer advocate was appointed.

  3. CW in L.A. says:

    Well it would be nice if the gave those of us who suffered thru 3 days and cold, cold nights without power. We lost thousands in lost revenue and lost time to our employees and lost about 2000 worth of food when refrigerators were without power.

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