The Department of Water and Power has opened a campaign to win a water-rate increase and reinstate a long-frozen surcharge on electricity bills. During a sparsely attended two-hour presentation Saturday, officials of the huge utility detailed their case for proposed increases in water rates of 3.9 percent, effective July 1, and 3.5 percent more a year later. The DWP said the water rate hike would add less than $1 a month to the typical residential bill in the first year. In the second year, increases would amount to 83 cents a month for a typical home. Officials also want to reinstate an electricity surcharge, frozen in 1998, that would enable them to pass along to customers cost spikes in natural gas and other fluctuating expenses. They also propose establishing another surcharge to help offset the cost of developing renewable energy sources. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!