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Javier Serafin, a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power utility worker, climbs on a 144-inch outlet, which connects to an ultraviolet treatment plant that will be completed in 2019. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue

Price of Water 2017: Four Percent Increase in 30 Large U.S. Cities

Utilities test new rates, look beyond the ratepayer for revenue.

Infographic: Price of Water in 30 Major U.S. Cities (2010-2015)

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Cities raise rates to pay for repairs and to respond to conservation. The…

Infographic: 2015 Price of U.S. Water, Sewer, and Stormwater

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Map of the cost of water service in 30 major U.S. cities. The…

Price of Water 2015: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41 Percent Rise Since 2010

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As urban water use declines, utilities change business models. Graphic…

Price of Water 2014: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 33 Percent Rise Since 2010

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Water scarcity and successful conservation programs force…

The Price of Water 2013: Up Nearly 7 Percent in Last Year in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 25 Percent Rise Since 2010

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Utilities tinker with rate structures designed to stabilize revenue.

The Price of Water 2012: 18 Percent Rise Since 2010, 7 Percent Over Last Year in 30 Major U.S. Cities

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Rates have increased in many cities, but local conditions dictate by how much and how the increase is distributed. Chicago prices are up nearly 25 percent, while Los Angeles is down by 9 percent.

The Price of Water 2011: Prices Rise an Average of 9 Percent in Major U.S. Cities

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Because of costlier inputs and infrastructure replacement, rate experts predict prices will only go higher.

The Price of Water: A Comparison of Water Rates, Usage in 30 U.S. Cities

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"For more than 20 years industry has been moving south looking for cheaper labor, I'm hoping that now they'll start coming back looking for cheaper water."