Water Rate Proposal for 2018

Public Hearing Set For Jan. 3, Any Changes Would Be Effective Feb. 1

The Contra Costa Water District is undertaking its annual review of rates and charges that support the delivery of safe and reliable water to your home or business.

The proposed water rates and charges will be formally presented to the District's Board of Directors later this year and at the Public Hearing planned for Jan.3, 2018.  The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at District Center, 1331 Concord Ave. in Concord.

 Following the Public Hearing, the Board will consider adoption of the proposed adjustments. If approved, any changes to rates and charges will become effective Feb. 1, 2018 with the exception of Facility Reserve Charges, which will become effective April 1, 2018.

Our rate proposal supports the following priorities:

  • Optimized operations for cost savings: Operations at the lowest cost possible is a key focus. We’ve
    implemented improvements in productivity, which is evidenced by: staffing levels being lower than 20
    years ago despite adding more than $1 billion in new facilities; paid off and refinanced debt at lower interest
    rates; and secured grants and other outside funding to lower the need for rate increases.

  • Replace aging water infrastructure: Many of the facilities in operation, including 886 miles of
    distribution pipeline, have been providing water service for more than 80 years. Reliable water service requires
    continued and increasing investment in the maintenance and replacement of this aging infrastructure.

  • Responsible financial planning: To offset the financial impacts of the multi-year drought, CCWD has
    also used its financial reserves to reduce the effect of rate adjustments to our customers. The proposed
    revenue increase will assist in rebuilding these safety nets and ensure long-term financial sustainability.

For the average single family home consuming 260 gallon per day, the proposed rate change increases the monthly water bill by $3.51 per month. The current monthly charge is $58.62 and would increase to $62.13.   

The District completed a thoughtful and comprehensive 10 year look-ahead planning review before proposing rate changes. This is done to ensure all financial tools available are implemented before coming to you with proposed increases in rates and charges.

Continuing to provide the reliable service you’ve come to expect from your public water system is of paramount concern along with maintaining a responsible level of capital reinvestment.

Public comments and written protests may be submitted to CCWD prior to and at the public hearing on January 3, 2018. Written protests must include identification of the affected property (either by assessor’s parcel number, street address, or account number). Only one protest per parcel or street address will be counted. Send or deliver written protests to: Contra Costa Water District, 1331 Concord Avenue, Concord, CA 94520 or via the form below:

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