Update: On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the EBMUD Board adopted new rates to support water and wastewater system upgrades, environmental protection, and financial stability. Learn more about bill impacts and budget priorities here.
As a public, not-for-profit government agency, the EBMUD $2.3 billion budget protects the East Bay’s extensive water system that serves 1.4 million people, and a wastewater system that serves 685,000 people, every day.
Budget and rates resources
EBMUD is proposing rate increases for its water and wastewater service charges over a two-year period starting on July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020, respectively. If adopted, charges for water service would increase 6.5% in the first year and an additional 6.25% in the second year. If you are a property owner in the EBMUD service area, you will receive by mail a separate Proposition 218 notice explaining these proposed rates.
Rate dollar at work
Proposed rate increases for the EBMUD Water System will go toward:
55¢ Infrastructure Improvements and Supplemental Water Supply
Cash funding and repayment of bonds for long-term investments in pipes, reservoirs, dams and other infrastructure.
29¢ Water Service
Storage, treatment and delivery of high-quality water; daily infrastructure maintenance; planning and engineering for future water needs.
Human resources, finance and information technology.
4¢ Customer Service
Meter reading, water conservation programs, public information, billing services and call center.
3¢ Natural Resource Management and Protections
Environmentally sound management of watershed lands, operation of public recreation facilities and fisheries programs.
2¢ Regulatory Compliance
Ensure EBMUD meets or surpasses all governmental regulations and required drinking water standards.
= $1 Total
A Surge in Infrastructure
By 2021, in Oakland, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Orinda and Lafayette, added crews will replace 20 miles of pipeline each year.
EBMUD will replace large water transmission pipes in the East Bay and will renew water aqueducts that bring water from the Sierra foothills, through the Delta, to the East Bay.
In El Sobrante, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Orinda, EBMUD will improve reliability and water quality by upgrading water treatment plants, pumping plants and local reservoirs.