The new rates go into effect July 1, 2013.
A typical single family home could see their monthly water bill go up 20 percent over the two year budget period approved by the board. Wastewater treatment rates will rise too – 18 percent over two years.
The utility’s total budget for water and wastewater treatment for Fiscal Year 2014 is $713.5 million, comprised of $585.1 million for the water system and $128.4 million for wastewater treatment. For Fiscal year 2015, the board approved a total budget of $739.6 million, $595.1 million for water and $144.4 million for wastewater treatment.
The District says that the rate increases are needed to preserve the utility’s $14 billion investment in its infrastructure.
The increases might have been prevented if the utility had received written protest letters from a majority of impacted property owners and tenants.