Water and Sewer Rate Increase Consideration
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Water and Sewer Rate Increase Consideration
Posted on 09/10/2019
The Department of Public Utilities will ask the Board of Public Utilities for multi-year increases to water and sewer rates at an October 16 public hearing at 5:30 p.m., 1000 Central Avenue, Council Chambers.  (A press release was issued on Sept. 12, 2019.) Prior to the hearing, DPU officials invite the public to view a documentary on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure and then attend a public meeting in either White Rock or the townsite.


DPU held a preliminary discussion with the Board of Public Utilities on this matter at the September 18, 2019 meeting.  View the VIDEO of the staff presentation and discussion with the BPU members.  The discussion begins at 30:37/1:52:29    





Watch the documentary, “Liquid Assets, The Story Of Our Water Infrastructure,” produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting. The film focuses on the critical role water infrastructure plays in ensuring quality of life across the United States. Though largely out of sight and out of mind, many of these complex systems are aging, neglected, and in need of immediate national and local attention.  The clip above is the trailer.  Watch the full-length documentary on Los Alamos’ PAC 8 Community Media Center airing on:

Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 6PM

Wednesday, Sept 25 @ 6PM

Thursday, Sept 26 @ noon 


Sunday, Sept. 29 @ 6PM

Wednesday, Oct 2 @ 6PM

Thursday, Oct. 3 @ noon 


Plan on attending one of two public meetings to discuss the more specific topics of Los Alamos’ water and wastewater infrastructure and necessary rates to meet the community’s needs. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Monday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.
White Rock Library
10 Sherwood, White Rock

Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
The Nature Center
2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos



The Board of Public Utilities will consider DPU’s proposed ordinances to raise water and sewer rates over a three-year period on:

                                                      Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. 
                                                      Council Chambers
                                                      1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos

Beginning in fiscal year 2020 and continuing through 2022, rates would increase across the board for water at 5, 4.25 and 4 percent each year respectively. Rates for sewer would increase across the board at 6, 3, and 2 percent each year respectively.  If approved, the County Council will consider adoption of the proposed ordinances in November.