East Bay Municipal Utility District postpones water rate increase after December rainfall

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East Bay Municipal Utility District postpones water rate increase after December rainfall
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A plan to increase water rates by 14-percent for East Bay Municipal Utility District customers has been postponed due to the rainy December, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Last month, the utility’s Board of Directors voted in favor of the temporary surcharge — a hike of about $4.30 per month for the average single family — as a result of the drought.

The surcharge was supposed to take effect Friday, the Times reported.

But following several bouts of heavy rainfall, EBMUD has postponed that surcharge, which would raise $16 million to pay  for the cost to pump over 16,000 acre feet of emergency water from the Sacramento River.

That doesn’t mean the surcharge proposal has been nixed.

“It is still on the table. The drought is not over,” district spokeswoman Abby Figueroa told the newspaper. “We have more time to decide and see what water Mother Nature is going to give us.”

The district has until Feb. 28 to make a decision, as its rights to pump from the Sacramento River end on that date.

The EBMUD supplies water to a 332-square-mile area in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, extending from Crockett in the north, southward to San Lorenzo, eastward from San Francisco Bay to Walnut Creek, and south through the San Ramon Valley, according to the district.

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