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Information for treated water customers and untreated water customers walks through both the proposed rate structure changes and the proposed rate adjustment separately, and then brings them together to show you the cumulative changes proposed.
If you receive treated water service, use our rate estimator to see how the proposals will change what you pay. Your account number is required for the estimator. For assistance or for untreated water customers, call customer service at 925-688-8044.
Depending on what services you receive, these changes will impact you differently. See how these changes affect treated water customers and untreated water customers.
As a public agency, the District does not earn a profit. Rather, the rates and charges collected from customers go directly to pay for 1) the cost of service, 2) emergencies/contingencies, 3) employee salaries and benefits, and 4) compliance. If we don’t consistently keep up with these costs, it might mean higher increases in the future.
1) Cost of Service – this includes activities like reinvesting in capital facilities, to make sure our intakes, treatment plants, pipelines, and everything in between function properly. It also includes things like customer service, education programs, and conservation rebates. In addition, we pay more every year to the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project for our source water from the Delta.
2) Emergencies/Contingencies – healthy reserves help us avoid steep rate increases during drought emergencies. Also, if we’re not prepared when emergencies strike, we potentially risk our ability to continue providing reliable service.
3) Employee Salaries and Benefits – we know this one tends to spark questions, but the truth is that you need hardworking, qualified people behind your water systems. Our employees earn a competitive wage for the Bay Area, and increases are consistent with the consumer price index.
4) Compliance – like any organization, there are new regulations and requirements from the State and Federal governments all the time. Staying in compliance is a priority.
After performing our annual review, we’re recommending a 6% revenue increase in order to maintain the high-quality service you expect as a District customer.
Below is a breakdown of the estimated 6% increase distribution: