DPU eyes rate increase for spring

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Paying for White Rock plant > DPU plans rate increase by $29.28, or 6.25%

By Tris DeRoma

By spring, Los Alamos County residents could pay more for their water consumption, as the Board of Public Utilites considers a rate increase in the next few months.

The Department of Public Utilities wants to raise water rates by $29.48 this year, or 6.25 percent.

The rate increase was part of a previous rate structure plan approved last year to pay for new wastewater treatment plant in White Rock.

However, the increase has to be approved by the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities, then Los Alamos County Council.

The department is planning on at least two public hearings through March, one through the Board of Public Utilities meeting in February and another through a Los Alamos County Council meeting tentatively in March.

“We’re trying to balance our revenue requirements of what we need to see in terms of revenue with the new rate,” Los Alamos Public Utilities Deputy Manager Westervelt said. “…We want to give our customers a chance to see the rates and see the rate on a modest amount of water consumption so they can make an informed decision on what they want to do with their springtime irrigation.”

The increase, if approved, would put the average resident’s annual water bill at just over $500, according to figures provided by the Department of Public Utilities.

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