OAKLAND (KCBS) — Water wasters in the East Bay are looking at new outdoor water restrictions as well as penalties because of California’s exceptional drought.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) could officially declare as soon as Tuesday the region is in a severe drought, which could lead to an excessive use penalty for the top two percent of water users.READ MORE: West Contra Costa Unified School District Partners With Non-Profit Conscious Kitchen To Provide Kids Organic Meals
“We will have a penalty that will show up on customer’s bills on single family residential customers who use more than four-and-a-half times the average customer’s use,” said EBMUD spokeswoman Abby Figueroa.
She said another idea that could be debated at a later time is to impose a drought surcharge of up to 25 percent.READ MORE: Marin County Focuses on Restarting Schools at Teacher Vaccination 'Super Pods'
“As of July 1st, the average water customer who pays about $50 a month for their bill can probably expect to see an increase of about $11,” she said.
Figueroa said the district would use that money to purchase additional water from outside the region, although nothing has been finalized yet.MORE NEWS: Berkeley Officials To Consider Making VP Harris' Childhood Home A Landmark
The EBMUD board will discuss its response to the drought at its next meeting Tuesday afternoon.