National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center
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Water rate increase for East Bay, California
7/11/2017 12:00:00 AM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
Society & Public Health
Water Supply & Quality
Alameda County, CA
Contra Costa County, CA

Start Date: 6/12/2017 - End Date: 7/12/2017
The East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors voted 6-1 to approve a water rate hike, while lauding customers for their water conservation efforts during the drought. The conservation and less revenue from water sales were partially responsible for the need to raise rates. Water rates will rise 9.25 percent on July 12 and will increase another 9 percent in July 2018, for an overall increase of 19 percent with interest compounding. East Bay water customers lowered their water use from 250 gallons of water daily to 200 gallons during the drought. San Francisco Chronicle ( (Calif.), July 11, 2017 The East Bay Municipal Utility District was considering raising water rates because customers have continued to use less water as they did during drought. At an upcoming July 11 hearing, the district board will look at a water rate increase proposal that would boost rates 9.25 percent on July 12 and another 9 percent on July 1, 2018. The extra revenue would fund infrastructure improvements and also compensate for revenue declines due to lower than projected water use during drought. San Francisco Chronicle ( (Calif.), June 12, 2017