Water department officials say the rate increases, 8% for water service and 10% for sewer, will help stabilize the department’s reserves and pay for new wells and investments in the city’s aging network of pipes.
The department said that the proposed 8% increase for water service and 10% increase for sewer rates will result in a roughly $5.39 change in monthly bills for the average customer. The increases are necessary to stabilize reserve funds and invest in aging pipes and the creation of new wells, according to department officials.
Before the facility can be built, the department must first install discharge piping underground for a nearby well, which will begin in the latter half of this year and should run through 2022, said a water department official.
The Long Beach Water Board Commission approved a 6% increase to the water-rate cost, and separately, Southern California Edison is calling for a 14% increase.
The department will hold a series of four meetings that are open to the public, beginning on Thursday, April 18.
Long Beach utilities could be on the verge of an overhaul after the Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to allow the consideration of a merger between the city’s water and sewer utilities with the city’s gas and oil department.
The Long Beach Water Department’s big blue mascot is back, with a retro makeover. Conservin’ Mervyn, the friendly water drop who reminds us of the importance of saving our most valuable natural resource now stars as the hero in his very own video game.
The Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) has entered into an agreement with the Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) Department to allow the PRM more flexibility in their watering schedule, while maintaining their current amount of water usage, the LBWD announced today.
Last week, Long Beach’s own water department received two gold “Excellence in Communication” awards from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) for its “MissionH2OLB” conservation campaign, they announced Friday.
The Long Beach Water Department announced Monday that residents and businesses have met the 16 percent water conservation mandate for Long Beach for the fifth month in a row.