LADWP raises water rates to incentivize conservation

LADWP raises water rates to incentivize conservation

Water rates for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) customers have increased as of the first of this year.

The LADWP said the increase, which was approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Sept. 28, reflects the cost of various water supplies including purchased water to meet the demand created by customers who use large amounts of water.

LADWP’s water rates are in a four-tiered pricing structure tied to a customer’s water use. The monthly water cost for a typical residential customer in Tier 1 and Tier 2, using the same amount of water as last year, will remain about the same as in 2021. For customers paying Tier 3 rates, the cost of one HCF or Hundred Cubic Feet (748 gallons) of water will increase from $9.192 to $10.436, a $1.244 increase. LADWP’s highest water users, who pay Tier 4 rates, will see a rate increase from $9.192 to $12.794 per 748 gallons, a $3.602 increase.

“The drought conditions the City is facing are serious despite recent wet conditions,” says Anselmo Collins, Senior Assistant General Manager of LADWP’s Water System. “As we urge Angelenos to step up their conservation efforts, the water rate changes further encourage and incentivize water conservation while ensuring rates remain relatively the same for customers who use the least amount of water.”

LADWP customers are advised the City of Los Angeles’ Water Conservation Ordinance is in effect, limiting outdoor watering with sprinklers to three days a week, up to 8 minutes per station, before 9 AM or after 4 PM.

For complete details about the water rate adjustments that took effect January 1, 2022, please see the Bi-Annual Notice of Change in LADWP Water Rates. For more conservation tips, watering day information, and to learn about all available water conservation rebates and programs, visit

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