- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has announced they want to raise water and power rates over the next five years.

Under a proposal announced Wednesday the average Los Angeles homeowner would pay nearly $24 more by 2020 for those utilities. The proposal requires Los Angeles City Council approval.

Under the plan residents would see combined water and power rate increases 2.4 percent to 5.4 percent every year for five years.

The City Council is expected to vote on the rate hike by December.

DWP officials say the revenue raised by the increases would go toward infrastructure fixes. City officials want to replace 50 miles of pipes in the next five years.

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