After a one-hour debate, the city council voted against the proposal, sending it back to the DWP Board of Commissioners. That panel will likely submit a reworked plan.
The DWP says the changes are necessary because L.A. is facing a water shortage. The utility argued that the rate changes only applied to customers who failed to conserve and therefore were not, technically, a rate increase. Councilman Dennis Zine disagreed.
"If they're paying more, they're going to look at it as a rate increase," said Zine.
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