The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is proposing to increase rates by about 8.5 percent in fiscal year 2024 and fiscal year 2025.
The changes would result in average single-family customer water bill increases of 19 cents a day when new rates take effect July 1, and another 21 cents a day beginning July 1, 2024, according to the district.
The rate increases are needed to meet capital demands, including a five-year capital improvement program aiming to invest $2.8 billion to rehabilitate water treatment plants, pumping plants, reservoirs and pipelines, according to EBUMD. The upgrades won’t just update aging infrastructure, but will also reduce stormwater infiltration and limit nutrient loads to better protect public health and the San Francisco Bay, the district said.
The EBMUD Board of Directors is scheduled to review and consider adopting the proposed rate increases at its June 13 public hearing. For more information, go here.