Budget and rates

Fiscal years 2016 & 2017 adopted budget

At a public hearing on June 9, 2015, the EBMUD Board of Directors adopted a budget of $1.83 billion for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017) , allowing us to provide the highest quality water and wastewater services for customers while maintaining fair and reasonable rates.  

The budget funds needed investments in aging infrastructure such as replacing aging pipelines and rehabilitating reservoirs, improving information technology and accounting for the impacts of extended drought.

How will water rates change?

FY 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)
The average EBMUD household that used about 246 gallons daily saw an increase in their monthly water charge of $3.57, increasing their bill from $48.60 to $52.17 each month. That is about a 7 percent increase to most residential water bills. 

In addition, a 25 percent temporary stage 4 drought surcharge was applied to customer bills to help pay for the purchase and delivery of emergency water supplies and drought operations. The surcharge expired on July 1, 2016 due to improved water supply conditions.  

FY 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) 
While the drought surcharge is gone, all customers will pay a 7 percent rate increase to fund ongoing services and infrastructure investments. The average customer's water bill will still drop by $4.42 per month because of the expired surcharge.

How will wastewater rates change?

EBMUD provides wastewater treatment to 650,000 customers in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont and part of Richmond.

FY 2016
The average EBMUD residential wastewater customer who flushes or drains about 4,500 gallons per month saw a 1.3 percent decrease in their monthly wastewater bill.

FY 2017
The average EBMUD residential wastewater customer will see an increase of $0.92, increasing their bill to $19.93, about a 5 percent increase. Most of EBMUD’s single family residential customers flush or drain less than the average amount.

Drought impacts 

The EBMUD Board of Directors evaluated customer conservation and our healthy water supplies and voted to ease the drought level to Stage 0, indicating normal water supplies.

The EBMUD Board of Directors evaluated customer conservation and our healthy water supplies and voted to ease the drought level to Stage 0, indicating normal water supplies.

Although we have a healthy amount of water now, the drought had far-reaching effects on EBMUD’s finances. The drought cost EBMUD $75 million in fiscal year 2016. This included the purchase and treatment of emergency water supplies, lost water sales revenue, and added operational costs including conservation outreach. Revenue from the drought surcharge recovered about $50 million, but the effects of the drought on water sales may last for years as customers maintain conservation habits into the future. Cost savings plus withdrawals from EBMUD’s savings account and belt-tightening will bridge the remaining shortfall.

Budget resources

Mid-Cycle Report

  • The report updates the adopted budget and highlights estimated results for the first year and projected changes to revenues, expenditures and staffing for the second year.

Adopted Biennial Budget

  • The Biennial Budget contains an overview of the budgetary plan in addition to details of the operating and capital budgets, priorities, staffing and five-year financial forecast.
  • The Capital Project Supplement provides a summary of projects including five-year cash flows which establish the fiscal years’ project spending. The Board authorizes the spending for the first two years of project cash flows.