Budget and rates

Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019 Budget

The Water and Wastewater Systems biennial budget (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019) is $2.03 billion for operations, debt service and capital appropriations. Of this amount, the water system represents 85 percent and the wastewater system is 15 percent of the budget. Sixty-five percent of the budget is dedicated to capital investment activities.

The FY18 and FY19 budget priorities emerged from a planning process that began with the adoption of the District’s Strategic Plan on June 14, 2016. The priorities are to increase investments in and maintenance of aging infrastructure, and manage the financial and operational impacts of severely reduced consumption.

The biennial budget document is comprised of two volumes. The first volume contains all of the key biennial budget information for both the Water and the Wastewater Systems such as an overview, detailed operating and capital budgets, and five-year financial forecasts. The supplemental volume provides summaries for all projects in the Capital Improvement Program.

Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019 Rates

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 and charges for Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019. The approved rates took 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.


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

Current Water Rates

Explanation of water rates and charges.


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, based on the adopted rate increases of 5.0 percent in FY18 and 5.0 percent in FY19.

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.

Report and Recommendation of the General Manager

This report summarizes the proposed revisions to rates and charges, capacity charges, and other fees not subject to Proposition 218, and regulations for Fiscal Year 2019.

The proposed changes include updates to the Water System Account Establishment Charge, Charges for Special Services, Water Service Installation Charges, Private Fire Service Installation Charges, Public Fire Service Installation Charges, Water Main Extension Charges, Standard Participation Charge, System Capacity Charge, Water Demand Mitigation Fees, and Real Property Use Application Fees;  Wastewater System Rates for Resource Recovery Material Treatment and Capacity Fees; and the following Regulations: Sections 1 – Explanation of Terms Used in These Regulations, Section 2 – Applying for Service, Section 3 – Standard Service, Section 29 – Water Use Restrictions, and Section 31 – Water Efficiency Requirements.

Documents and Presentations

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.