Reflecting the intensity of community concerns, the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to reject the DWP’s water shortage rate hikes but agreed to revisit the issue next week.
It was clear from the debate that the DWP’s legacy of failures and indifference to public concerns has caught up with it — as they did in leading to the defeat of Measure B last month.
Inequities in the rate structure, the failure to institute conservation measures long ago, lack of individual meters in apartment buildings were among the issues raised and most of all the failure of process that has excluded the Neighborhood Councils, DWP Community and the public in general.
Councilwoman Janice Hahn, in an impassioned speech, put it best:
Here’s the LA Times online report:.
Saying they did not have enough time to fully study the matter, the Los Angeles City Council today rejected a proposed water conservation ordinance..
The measure, however, which is designed to reduce Los Angeles water use by 15%, is not dead. A council committee is expected to review the matter and send it back to the Los Angeles Water and Power Commission for another vote as early as next week..
The proposal would increase water rates for users who exceed a certain base allocation. City water department officials say that 85% of single-family homeowners and 94% of low-income residents would not see an increase in their water rate or would even pay less under the proposed ordinance..