East Bay Customers Could Face Water Rate Hike

OAKLAND (KCBS) – Leaders of the East Bay Municipal Utility District are considering a plan to raise water rates over the next two years.

District officials said costs are going up while water usage is down. In fact, EBMUD Board President John Coleman said customers are using about 40 million gallons a day less than before the drought and recession hit.

“People are using less water. I believe we’re still in a recession,” said Coleman. “We’re out of a drought. We did find that when we come out of a drought, it takes a number of years for people to go back to normal consumption. If we exceed 172 million gallons a day, which we’re forecasting to use, that would mean that perhaps next year, our rates would be less than six percent.”

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

For now, the proposal calls for a six percent increase for water services both this July 1st and next July as well, with a formal vote on the proposal scheduled for mid-June.

Coleman said the rising costs of health and pension benefits and the above average rainfall this year have also played a key role in the need for a rate hike in the budget proposal for 2012 and 2013.

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  1. mechanic says:

    “Coleman said the rising costs of health and pension benefits and the above average rainfall this year have also played a key role in the need for a rate hike …”

    So are these the only guys that believe in the bassackwards theory of “Demand and Supply?? What a bunch of idiots! No wonder water usage is down!

    1. really says:

      Uhhhh, Einstein? If they get MORE water than normal, they still have to treat it and process it and store it somewhere…right? Can’t just say, “No thanks weather! We are full up!”

  2. nadrellim says:

    Wait a minute…When there is a drought…they tell us to conserve…we do it. No they penalize for doing what they said to do. Government agency at work.

  3. mechanic says:

    Einstein here: …. No processing, treating, or storage necessary if they simply let the excess run out of their lakes, etc to run back “from whence it came”(??)

  4. Gerhart Schneider says:

    @mechanic & nadrellim,
    The infrastructure to process H2O still operates….24 hours a day no matter how much you conserve. The operating costs do not stop.
    If you watch 2 hours less of tv a day, do you send the cable tv company less money?

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