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That Rain Was Nice, But Water Rates May Jump – Are You Conserving?

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Your garden was probably as happy as ours after this latest rainfall but the state is still in a drought condition with little hope of letup and – as a result – we may be paying more for water in the near future.

Facing a third consecutive dry year and responding to a new executive order from Gov. Newsom aimed at bolstering statewide water supplies, Contra Costa Water District’s Board of Directors adopted a new Drought Management Program at its April 20, 2022, meeting.

The move brings the District into Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, adds new water use restrictions, and aims for an overall 15 percent reduction in water use as compared to 2020.

To encourage conservation and to recover costs related to the ongoing drought, the District is proposing a temporary drought surcharge of up to 15 percent, or $0.79 per 748 gallons for treated water customers, effective for water delivered starting July 1.

For the average customer using 260 gallons of water per day, the surcharge amounts to approximately $0.28 per day. A rebate to offset the drought surcharge for treated water customers who use 200 gallons per day or less, funded with non-rate revenues, is included in the District’s proposal. A public hearing to consider the temporary drought surcharge is set for June 15.

Are you conserving? If so, how? We’re interested in new ideas…

8 COMMENTS

  1. Obviously, the only solution to the water issue is to punish people, in the districts eyes.

    I wonder if they ever thought of learning how to get more potable water?

    No, that’s too hard, it’s easier to punish than manage.

  2. Well we will conserve. Then they will reward us with a hike due to lesser revenue collected. Just like the last time.. grrrr.

  3. If only there were a way to capture the water that falls from the sky and save it. If only we lived on the WATER PLANET. I know that’s a crazy wish. Instead, let’s build spaceships to Mars so that 5 or 6 people can look for frozen puddles there.

  4. For EBMUD they have only one tool, a hammer(increase rates). Therefore the only solution to every problem they see is to call it a nail. How many times have they reduced rates in a surplus? Or cut costs in a shortage?

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