Water and Sewer Infrastrucure and Rates
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Water and Sewer Infrastructure and Rates
Posted on 09/12/2019
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will ask its board (the Board of Public Utilities) for multi-year increases to water and sewer rates at an October 16 public hearing.  Prior to the hearing, DPU officials invite Los Alamos citizens to the September BPU meeting for preliminary discussions with board members; view a documentary on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure; and then attend a public meeting in either White Rock or the townsite.

“These complex infrastructure systems are essential to the economic prosperity and public health of our community,” advised Utilities Manager Philo S. Shelton, III.  “We need to ensure that we are properly updating and maintaining the system now, taking preventive measures, rather than waiting when corrective repairs are more expensive.” 

Shelton encourages the public to attend the Wednesday, Sept. 18 board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 1000 Central Ave. when initial discussions will take place.  DPU staff will explain the need for the rate increases and recommend they be structured for yearly increases over the next three years.  Specifically, staff is advocating that water rates would increase each year 5, 4.25 and 4 percent respectively.  Sewer rates would increase each year 6, 3, and 2 percent respectively.   

To highlight the critical role water and sewer infrastructure plays in safeguarding quality of life across the United States, DPU staff has arranged for the county’s public access channel to air a documentary produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting: Liquid Assets, The Story Of Our Water Infrastructure.  Though largely out of sight and out of mind, the film warns that many of these complex systems are aging, neglected, and in need of immediate national and local attention.  Citizens can view the trailer on the county DPU website and will have six opportunities to watch the full-length documentary on Los Alamos’ PAC 8 on the following days and times:

         Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 6PM
         Wednesday, Sept 25 @ 6PM
         Thursday, Sept 26 @ noon 

         Sunday, Sept. 29 @ 6PM
         Wednesday, Oct 2 @ 6PM
         Thursday, Oct. 3 @ noon 

In addition, Shelton urges citizens to attend one of two public meetings to discuss the more specific topics of Los Alamos’ water and sewer 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 approval of DPU’s proposed rate ordinances at a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos, NM.  If approved, the County Council will consider adoption in November. 

For more information contact the Customer Care Center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 662 8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.