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Water and Wastewater Treatment Rates to Go Up

Alameda water and wastewater treatment rates are set to rise roughly 10 percent under a proposal up for a public hearing in June.

In a mailer sent by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), the monthly water bill for a typical single family home would rise, effective July 1st, from $40.45 to $44.41, a $3.96 or 10 percent increase. That bill would rise again in July of 2014, to $48.60, a nine percent increase. Combined, the rate increases represent a 20 percent increase over two years.

Wastewater treatment fees, for a typical single family home, would rise to $17.79 per month July 1st, from $16.48, and would then rise again in July of 2014, to $19.25, a 16 percent increase over two years.

The rates will go up unless EBMUD receives written protest letters from a majority of property owners or tenants responsible for the payment of the fees in question.

Written protests may be submitted by mail to EBMUD, MS 218, PO Box 24055, Oakland, CA.

The EBMUD Board of Directors has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed increases for Tuesday, June 11th, at 1:15 p.m. at the utility’s board room at 375 11th Street, Oakland.

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