Rates and Charges
Water and wastewater rates support the work EBMUD does to bring you high-quality, reliable service.
At a public workshop on March 24, 2015, EBMUD staff presented the Board of Directors with a proposed budget of $1.8 billion for the next two fiscal years (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017).
The budget funds critical capital projects including $69 million to replace aging pipelines. It also accounts for increased water supply costs because of drought, and balances slimmed down water sales.
A series of public board workshops held over the past year form the foundation of the budget. The workshops examined short- and long-term impacts of operating and capital needs, financial policies, fixed versus variable costs and the effects of the ongoing drought.
The EBMUD Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget at a public hearing on June 9, 2015. A Proposition 218 notice will be mailed to ratepayers this spring. The budget and rates, if approved, will take effect July 1, 2015. View the timeline for the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget.
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.
Proposition 218 Notice and Report and Recommendation for Revisions to the Water and Wastewater Rates and Charges
These documents are PDF files which can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software.
Proposed Stage 4 drought surcharge and excessive use penalties
EBMUD has declared a stage 4 drought. If approved June 9, stage 4 temporary drought surcharges of up to 25% on the water flow charge will apply to all customers effective July 1.
Drought surcharges will pay for the costs of additional water supplies, conservation outreach and enforcement of restrictions. If approved, excessive use penalties will accrue starting July 1. Penalties will target the highest water using households to curb water waste and reduce the overwatering of landscapes.