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DWP may charge for excessive water use

March 18, 2009 12:20:38 PM PDT
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers who fail to cut back their water usage this summer could end up paying for it.The DWP commission on Tuesday unanimously approved new rates that penalize some residents if they don't cut water use by 15 percent.

The DWP says most low-income users are unlikely to see a rise in rates, as are customers who stay within a base usage rate.

However, residents who exceed that rate, will see their charges increase by 44 percent. A homeowner with a large lot who fails to conserve could end up paying an extra $11 a month, according to the DWP.

The department says the penalties are needed to encourage conservation because reservoir levels statewide are low, and Los Angeles is facing a reduction in the amount of water it receives.

The new rates take effect June 1, unless the City Council moves to block them.


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