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Temporary Drought Surcharge Proposal

Facing a third-consecutive dry year and severely reduced water supplies, Gov. Newsom in March issued an executive order to boost water conservation. The order calls on suppliers like CCWD to enter Stage 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans (WSCP).

To comply with the state order, CCWD is implementing an updated drought program. On April 20, the CCWD Board of Directors Board activated Stage 2 of our WSCP, setting a water conservation goal of 15% and incorporating new water-use prohibitions to comply with statewide mandates. Reductions will be measured against 2020 water usage.

Up to 15% Temporary Drought Surcharge

On June 15, the Board will hold a public hearing to consider adopting changes to the CCWD drought management program consistent with State directives, including an up to 15% drought surcharge to cover the costs from the drought impact, keeping the District financially sustainable during the drought.

Surcharge Incentive

The surcharge also provides an additional incentive for customers to conserve water. Households that reduce water use by 15% will be able to lower their water bill. Residential accounts using less than 200 gallons per day are considered to be efficient and may be provided a rebate using non-rate funds to offset the proposed drought surcharge.

How will the drought surcharge affect you?

View current rates to see how the drought surcharge could affect your water bill. For ways to save water, visit ccwater.com/drought for resources.

Notice of Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held to discuss CCWD’s drought management program, including a drought surcharge, and adoption of an ordinance will be considered. Additional potable water use prohibitions will be considered, including those ordered by the Governor to be established by the State Water Resources Control Board pursuant to Executive Order N-7-22.

Following the public hearing, the Board of Directors will consider adoption of the proposed drought surcharge. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at 1331 Concord Avenue, Concord, CA in the Board Room. If the drought surcharge is approved, it will become effective July 1, 2022.

Submit a Comment, Question, or Protest

We welcome your comments and questions on the proposed drought surcharge. Written protests to the proposed drought surcharge must be submitted prior to the conclusion of the public hearing.

To submit a written protest, please include identification of the affected property (by assessor’s parcel number, street address, or account number). Only one protest per parcel will be counted. Please send or deliver written protests to: 

Contra Costa Water District
1331 Concord Avenue
Concord, CA 94520

Protests may also be submitted through the online form below by 5pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Drought Surcharge Comment Form

  1. Please submit comments through this form by 5 pm Wednesday, June 15, 2022, to be sure they are heard at the Public Hearing.

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