People could see a slight change in their water bill beginning July 1 as the city adjusts its rate structure.
Long Beach Water Department General Manager Chris Garner said the department must conduct its periodic cost analysis of how it charges for water, as required by Proposition 218. The state law requires that utilities charge no more than what it costs to deliver the commodity or service — water, natural gas, sewer disposal, etc.
The Water Commission unanimously approved the change in rate structure Thursday, Feb. 16. There then must be a public hearing within 45 days, and the City Council has final say a week or two later. That would mean the new rates would start July 1.