Council Considers Water & Sewer Rate Hikes Nov. 26


Los Alamos County Council will consider the adoption of multi-year increases to the Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) water and sewer rates at two public hearings. 

Beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, the public hearings will be conducted during the council meeting in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

The Board of Public Utilities voted Oct. 16 to approve the rate increases, giving the green light to forward ordinances 02-299 for water rates and 02-298 for sewer rates to the Council for possible adoption. Both ordinances are structured to increase rates yearly over the next three years. Specifically, 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.

“These complex water and sewer infrastructure systems are essential to the economic prosperity and public health of our community,” Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. “These increases will allow us to replace our aging infrastructure, especially the White Rock wastewater treatment plant.”

To educate the community on the need for these rate increases, the DPU aired a documentary on Los Alamos PAC 8 regarding the troubled condition of the water and sewer infrastructure nationwide. Additionally, two public meetings on Los Alamos’ infrastructure challenges were held in White Rock and the Los Alamos townsite in October. More information, including the draft ordinances and frequently asked questions are available on the DPU website at

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