DWP may charge for excessive water use

LOS ANGELES 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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