Why are water rates going up even though we are being asked to use less water?

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Over the next five years, LADWP’s water system needs $330 million in additional revenue to fund infrastructure reliability projects, comply with water quality requirements and other regulatory mandates, and expand the local water supply. That said, however, LADWP rates are designed to encourage conservation, so those who use the least amount of water will see a lower increase on their bill. If the water supply levels improve, and there is less reliance on purchased MWD water, customers may see their bill decrease further.