Budget and rates

Water and wastewater rates support the work EBMUD does to bring you high-quality, reliable service.

We are focused on investing in the critical infrastructure you rely on every day. 

4,200 miles of water pipelines and more than 300 water storage, pumping and treatment facilities ensure high quality water in 122 pressure zones that serve East Bay homes and businesses. Our facilities need maintenance and continuous investment to serve you every minute of every day.  

We always keep financial stewardship of your dollars at top of mind. 

As a public not-for-profit agency, we work hard to make smart decisions with your dollars. We continuously seek and implement energy, construction and cost efficiencies, offset operations with hydroelectric, solar and biogas energy generation, find innovative ways to pay for and maintain watershed lands, and leverage state, federal and grant funding to support technology and research for essential projects.

EBMUD on the job

We rely on skilled staff to operate and maintain these systems for the public’s health 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Meet EBMUD's dedicated employees.

Though our water supply this year is secure, we always have a plan for drought.

Our drought plan, including a drought surcharge structure, is always in place just in case. We’re not using it now, and don’t plan to in the next two years, but should nature demand it, we will be ready.

Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019 Budget

At the final in a series of public workshops held on April 11, 2017, EBMUD staff presented to the Board of Directors a proposed budget for the next two fiscal years (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019) totaling $2.03 billion with the water system representing 85 percent and the wastewater system 15 percent of the budget.

The FY18 & FY19 budget continues the efforts of reinvesting in infrastructure and expanding preventative maintenance. Capital investments represent about 65 percent of the budget.

  • Water System capital investments focus on replacing deteriorated distribution pipelines, large diameter transmission pipelines, service laterals, rehabilitation and replacement of water treatment plants, pumping plants, and reservoirs improvements for water quality.
  • Wastewater System capital investments focus on rehabilitating and making improvements to the infrastructure at the Main Wastewater Treatment Plant; the rehabilitation of interceptors, pumping plants, and digesters;  controlling plant odors; and studying nutrients.
Most water and wastewater utilities, including the District, are essentially fixed-cost enterprises: few of the costs go down when we produce and treat less water.

The District is experiencing record low water sales as a result of the long drought, followed by lower outdoor water use due to continued customer conservation and above average precipitation.

Despite the fact that the recent drought has ended and water use restrictions have been lifted, the budget assumes that customers will continue to use less water as they maintain their conservation habits, and physical changes such as the conversion of over 3 million square feet of turf to drought tolerant landscape has occurred. Low water use affects system operations as well as finances.

For example, the increased average age of water in our reservoirs may cause issues including taste and odor, challenging our water quality teams to manage these impacts. The effects of the drought are wide ranging and will continue to be felt for years.

The District therefore requires increases to our rates to continue to maintain the high level of service which we are proud to provide.

With the rate increases, EBMUD water rates will remain similar to rates for comparable northern California water agencies, in the lower third of agencies surveyed.

For the Wastewater System, as EBMUD provides only treatment and not collection of wastewater, we will maintain our current position in the top third of surveyed agencies, driven by the rates of the wastewater collection agencies in our service area.

How will water rates change?

The average user reduced water use in response to the drought and now consumes only 8 CCF per month (about 200 gallons per day) as compared to 10 CCF previously.

The average 8 CCF user would see an increase of $4.34 per month in FY18 and an increase of $4.63 per month in FY19, based on the proposed rate increases of 9.25 percent in FY18 and 9.0 percent in FY19.

The budget draws upon Rate Stabilization Funds to lessen the rate impact on our customers as the District recovers from the multi-year drought.

How will wastewater rates change?

The average single family residential bill for wastewater treatment based on the average of 6 CCF will increase by $0.96 per month in FY18 and $1.06 per month in FY19. This reflects proposed wastewater increases of 5.0 percent in FY18 and 5.0 percent in FY19.

Wastewater customers also pay an annual Wet Weather Facilities Charge collected on the property tax bill which will increase by 5 percent in FY18 and 5 percent in FY19. Depending on lot size, in FY18 this charge will increase between $4.70 and $16.80 per year, and in FY19 an increase between $4.94 and $17.64 per year.

Process culminates in July

The EBMUD Board of Directors held a public hearing on July 11, 2017. After the public hearing, the Board of Directors voted 6-1 to approve water and wastewater rates for Fiscal Years 2018/2019 rates and charges. The approved rates take effect July 12, 2017. 

The approved rates fund a $2 billion investment in the infrastructure and maintenance of the vital water and wastewater systems East Bay residents and businesses rely on every day.

Customer notification

Proposition 218, enacted in 1996, requires that a notice about changes to proposed rates and charges and other fees be mailed to ratepayers 45 days before the public hearing on rates and charges is held by the Board. This notice is currently being mailed to ratepayers. It explains that proposed rate increases to its water and wastewater service fees are necessary for EBMUD to recover current and projected costs of its operations and maintenance, and fund necessary capital infrastructure improvements and repairs. This notice is available below.

File a protest (The public hearing was held on July 11, 2017; protest period is closed.)

The record owner of any parcel upon which the water and wastewater service charges are proposed for imposition and any tenant directly responsible for the payment of water or wastewater service charges (i.e., a customer of record who is not the property owner) may submit a written protest to the proposed increases; however, only one written protest will be counted per identified parcel. 

Any written protest must:

  1. state the specific service charge increase (water and/or wastewater) for which the protest is being submitted in opposition; 
  2. provide the location of the identified parcel (by customer account number, street address, or assessor’s parcel number); and
  3. include the name and signature of the property owner or tenant submitting the protest.

If a property owner or tenant is protesting one or more increases, the property owner or tenant should identify which service charge increase or increases he or she is protesting.

Written protests may be submitted by mail to

EBMUD, MS 218, PO Box 24055, Oakland, CA 94623-1055, or in person at 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA.

Written protests submitted for the previously noticed June 13, 2017 public hearing will be counted (if valid) and do not need to be resubmitted.

All written protests must be received by EBMUD prior to the conclusion of the public input portion of the public hearing on July 11, 2017.

Protests by fax, email, or other electronic means will not be accepted as formal written protests.

The EBMUD Board will hear all oral comments and consider all written protests to the proposed increases at the public hearing. Oral comments at the public hearing will not be counted as formal protests unless accompanied by a written protest. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board will consider adoption of the proposed increases for the water and wastewater service charges described in this notice.

If written protests against either or both of the proposed service charge increases as outlined above are not presented by a majority of the property owners or tenants directly responsible for the payment of water and/or wastewater service fees and charges of the identified parcels upon which they are proposed to be imposed, the Board will be authorized to impose the respective increases. 

Biennial Report and Recommendation of the General Manager for Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019

This report summarizes all proposed changes to rates and charges subject to Proposition 218 and other fees and charges not subject to Proposition 218.

The proposed changes include updates to the Water System Service Rates and Charges, Drought Surcharges, System Capacity Charge, Account Establishment Charge, Charges for Special Services, Wastewater System Service Rates and Charges, Wet Weather Facilities Charge, Wastewater Capacity Fee, Permit Fees, Private Sewer Lateral Compliance Fees, Resource Recovery Rates, Recreation Fees, Public Records Act Fee Schedule, and Real Property Use Application Fees and changes to the District’s Water Service Regulations.

Current Water Rates

Explanation of water rates and charges.

Current Wastewater Rates

Explanation of wastewater rates and charges.

Current Rates and Fees Schedules

Complete list of water, wastewater, administrative and recreation rates, charges and fees.