Putting salt on the wound, a snafu is going to cost East Bay water customers an extra $120,000 just to be told their rates likely are going up this summer. The East Bay Muncipal Utility District is spending the money to resend to all its 385,000 account holders a notice of a proposed 19 percent rate increase after discovering the first mailing omitted 15,000 to 20,000 customers.
Belying their reputation as conservative institutions that resist change, large U.S. water utilities, in response to slow-motion social and hydrological shifts that alter water availability and use, are showing signs of creativity. The inspiration is reflected in their rates, which continue a relentless, but slowing, upward climb. … The challenge for utilities today is threefold: earn enough revenue to repair broken pipes, keep water affordable for the poor, and do so while selling less of their product.
Water rates for most of Marin will go up July 1, but a second hike in 2019 is less certain after the Marin Municipal Water District board wrestled with the increases this week. … The agency says money is needed to improve the district’s aging water system, parts of which date back more than 100 years.
On Tuesday the Eureka City Council voted unanimously to raise water and sewer rates for customers hooked into the city’s water and wastewater system in order to pay for necessary repairs, upgrades and maintenance work. What it means for the average Eureka resident is that water and sewer bills will be about $26 higher than usual per month.
[Bakersfield] City Manager Alan Tandy’s most recent weekly memo to the mayor and city council had several items of note: … The city is waiting for the California State Water Resources Control Board to set its new standards on the amount of 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, in drinking water.
Running for a Philadelphia City Council seat in November 2007, Maria Quinones-Sanchez won election as a champion of affordable housing. In office, Quinones-Sanchez and her staff soon discovered that housing was neither the beginning nor the end of the cycle of budget pressures that weigh on poor families. Housing, it turned out, was linked to broader costs of living, including water.
The California Courts of Appeal has 90 days to decide the fate of a water rate dispute between a Los Angeles-based water wholesaler and San Diego County water managers. At issue is the cost of moving water through the Metropolitan Water District’s delivery system.
East Bay water customers would see rates rise 19 percent over the next two years under a proposal announced Tuesday. The East Bay Municipal Utility District said the increase is needed to more quickly replace old pipe, upgrade treatment plants and offset reduced water use by customers.
Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood retention basins.
The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.
The state Water Resources Control Board released a survey this week that revealed that Californians actually have increased their water use amid the worst drought in decades — despite a spirited public-relations campaign about saving water.
A Superior Court judge has ordered the Castaic Lake Water Agency, Santa Clarita Valley’s water retailer, to rescind an illegal “special tax” imposed on Santa Clarita Valley water retailers, who passed that rate on to customers.
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in C.W. Nevius’ column:
Gleneagles, the quirky, challenging, everyman’s golf course in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods, is having trouble making ends meet. … However, the latest blow, a major increase in water rates, has course operator Tom Hsieh wondering if the effort is worth it.