DWP Website for Overbilling Complaints

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    In a response to NBC4's I-Team report on how nearly 60,000 LADWP customers were overcharged, the utility company has built a website to help customers with overbilling issues. Kathy Vara reports for NBC4 at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Published Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014)

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power set up a website to help consumers who think they've been overcharged, after the NBC4 I-Team aired a report exposing flaws.

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    An investigation by NBC4's I-Team found that a flawed computer system is to blame for overcharging an estimated 65,000 LADWP customers. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 6 from Westwood on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014)

    In response to an I-Team report last week, which revealed how the DWP is estimating meter reads and likely overcharging customers, the DWP has launched a new billing information website to provide customers who have have been on hold for hours, waiting for customer service.

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    Using the website, customers will be able to reduce their time on hold and file for a review of the billing. It has been a headache so far, with consumers waiting hours for customer service.

    Website: www.ladwp.com/BillingInfo

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    The DWP went online with a new system in September.

    NBC4 learned, and the DWP admitted, the system is flawed.

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    Some 65,000 customers are suspected of being overcharged, due to “estimated meter readings” – not actual readings.

    Consumers should request an “actual meter reading” from the DWP for an accurate estimate of billing.

    They can now do this through the website unveiled this week.

    DWP tells I-Team it could be three months before the kinks are worked out..but no guarantees.

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