DWP board approves water rate hike to fix aging pipes

The board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday approved the utility’s plan to increase water rates about 4.7% each year over the next five years.

Under the proposal, typical customers would pay about $15 extra — about 26% more — on their monthly bills by the end of the five-year increase, according to DWP estimates.

The new rate structure, approved in a 4-0 vote, would also increase the number of pricing tiers to four from two and charge the highest rates to customers who use the most water.

Utility officials have said they need the approximately $330 million in additional revenue to repair aging water pipes and other infrastructure.

Board President Mel Levine called the water rate hike “critically important.”

“The risk of not passing this increase is certainly substantially greater than any risk of passing it,” Levine said.

Last year, two massive trunk lines ruptured on Sunset Boulevard, flooding UCLA and the surrounding area with millions of gallons of water.

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