Los Angeles, March 3 (Los Angeles Daily News) -
The typical Los Angeles Department of Water and Power residential customer will see a $2.61 monthly billing increase by July, as this winter’s low snow-pack means the agency has to buy more expensive imported water.
Workers “needed neither boots nor jackets to do the snow survey” recently in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, where the city typically draws relatively inexpensive water, said Marty Adams, deputy senior assistant general manager.
Approaching the fourth year of drought, water agencies across the state have pushed conservation, but the decreased demand has not caught up with dwindling local supply. Los Angeles buys about 80 percent of its water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which imports water from the Sacramento Bay Delta and elsewhere.
By July, the city’s typical single-family home water bill will have increased 30 percent since fiscal year 2013.
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