Replacing Los Alamos County’s aging sewage infrastructure is unavoidable, which means rate hikes are inevitable. How much those hikes will be and how they will be implemented was the topic of discussion during the county council’s work session Tuesday.
Council approved a 10 percent rate increase in 2011 to help reduce the funding deficit for capital improvements and operating costs.
At that time, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) projected a 20 percent increase in FY2013 to replace aging infrastructure, pay annual operating expenses and pay off the loan for the Los Alamos Waste Water Treatment Plant (LAWWTP). At the time, councilors urged DPU officials to look for alternatives to the rate increase.