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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