For the second year in a row, it looks like D.C. residents will face a major rate hike for their water service.
The proposed DC Water rate hike is included with the 2012 budget that was passed Thursday.
Last year, the authority raised rates about $8 per month.
Officials said they need the extra money to replace pipes and other aging infrastructure.
"The work we do becomes more expensive every year," D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins said.
If the rate hike is adopted (perhaps in September), the increase would take effect Oct. 1.
A series of town hall meetings will be held so customers can weigh in on the proposed rate increase -- as well as other DC Water topics -- even though the budget has already been passed.
The current town hall schedule is below. All meetings will be held from 6:30-8 p.m.:
In addition, DC Water will hold a public hearing for the 2012 proposed rates on May 11. The time and place has not been announced.