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EBMUD Board Votes to Relax Drought Requirements

The EBMUD board of directors has voted to relax drought requirements. (Google Street View)

The EBMUD board of directors has voted to relax drought requirements. (Google Street View)

Today, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to relax drought restrictions, citing high reservoirs and lower customer use.

The action by the board today:

  • Declared the drought stage at Stage 0, indicating normal water supply levels and ending the water shortage emergency.
  • Suspended the 25 percent drought surcharge for all customers.
  • Suspended mandatory restrictions on water use.

All actions will be effective by July 1, 2016; the district declared a Stage 4 critical drought in April of last year.

However, a seven percent rate increase approved by the board last year as part of EBMUD’s standard budgeting process will go into effect on July 1 to cover increased operational and infrastructure costs.

As of April, customers had cut back usage by 26 percent compared to 2013.

This past winter, precipitation levels reached 107 percent of average.

Consequently, the district projects that, by the end of September, runoff will fill reservoirs to above 605,000 acre feet which is 250,000 acre feet more than September 2015.

Most of EBMUD’s water comes from the Mokelumne watershed in the Sierra foothills.

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