Hearing Date on EBMUD’s Proposed Water Rate Hikes

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on the proposed rate increases to your water and wastewater services. The hearing has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 11 from 1:15pm to 5:00pm at the EBMUD Board Room located at 375 11th Street in Oakland.

If approved, the proposed increases would cover a two-year period starting July 12, 2017. If passed, rates for water will increase 9.25% the first year and 9.0% the second. Wastewater rates will increase an additional 5% for a total of 23% over two years.

EBMUD provides no legitimate incentives for water conservation in multifamily buildings. Sub-metering units, which would make the tenants responsible for their own usage, costs anywhere from $8,000 to $12,000 per unit. EBMUD must construct a program that incentivizes water conservation. Instead of penalizing owners who cannot control usage, but have no means to pass costs on to residents.

What You Need to Do

EBRHA members should attend the public hearing and submit a formal written protest in-person for each property. All protests must be in writing. Rental property owners should encourage their tenants to submit their protest in writing as well. Any oral protest must include a written statement with all of the following information:

  1. The specific service charge increase for which the protest is being submitted:  water and wastewater charges
  2. Customer account number, street address, or assessor’s parcel number
  3. Name and signature of the property owner or tenant sending the protest letter.

All written protests must be received by EBMUD prior to the conclusion of the public input portion of the hearing. Protest letters that are submitted by fax, email, or other electronic means will not be considered. EBRHA encourages all East Bay residents to write their letter of protest for each property and attend the public hearing.

If you are unable to attend the hearing, drop off your protest letter to the EBRHA office by Friday, July 7. Any written statements should be mailed prior to the hearing to EBMUD, MA 218, PO Box 24055, Oakland, CA 94623-1055.