A proposed rate hike would increase the average monthly water bill in D.C. by $6.50.
The proposed rate hikes would take effect in October and are expected to add about $6.50 to the average monthly water bill. A similar increase last year raised bills by about $8.
D.C. Water says it needs the money to pay for infrastructure upgrades, environmental projects and operating costs.
Over the coming weeks, General Manager George Hawkins will be attending town hall meetings in each of the city's wards to talk about rates and other issues including water quality, construction projects and customer service.
The first is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the University of the District of Columbia in Ward 3.
With Senate passage of a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, all eyes turn to House Speaker John Boehner. The Senate's bill does not contain language blocking President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which many House conservatives have insisted upon.
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