Leaders of the East Bay Municipal Utility District are considering a plan to raise water rates over the next two years.
Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an official end to California’s drought as state water officials reported one of the wettest years of snow buildup in the Sierra Nevada.
Heavy snow and drenching rains have left California reservoirs at high levels. The Sierra Nevada snowpack was 159 percent of normal as of Friday.
Customers in the East Bay could be spared from a drought or other emergencies thanks to an intertie project between two agencies.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown on Wednesday called for building a peripheral canal to help solve California’s water shortages, a proposal voters defeated when he was governor in 1982.
More than three-quarters of the counties in California face the possibility of water shortages by the middle of the century as a result of global warming.