Why are LADWP’s water rates going up?

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The July 2014 water main break on Sunset Boulevard highlighted the need to accelerate the replacement and/or upgrade of LADWP’s vast array of infrastructure that is critical for reliably delivering high-quality water to Angelenos. With a significant amount of pipe installed at the turn of the century, LADWP faces a major challenge in keeping pace with the replacement and upgrade of these aging cast iron water mains and riveted-steel trunk lines. The water rate adjustment is also necessary to continue meeting stringent water quality regulations, and to continue expanding the local water supply to help reduce reliance on expensive purchased water. The need to expand L.A.’s local water supply has become more critical as drought conditions continue throughout the state.