East Bay MUD votes on water rate hikes, customers to see 4% bill increase

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The East Bay Municipal Utility District this week approved a two-year, $2 billion plus budget, which includes 4% water and wastewater rate hikes this year and next year.

East Bay MUD's Board of Directors unanimously voted Tuesday to adopt the budget, which utility officials said will fund crucial improvements to the region's water and wastewater systems.

The average household using approximately 200 gallons of water daily can expect to see their monthly bill increase by $2.53 on July 1, and another $2.66 on July 1, 2022.

Funding for roughly $800 million in capital infrastructure projects is included in the budget for projects such as old pipeline replacement and improvements to water and wastewater treatment plants to reduce their adverse effects on the climate.

4,200 miles of pipeline, five reservoirs, six water treatment facilities, and one wastewater treatment plant are operated by EBMUD, which has roughly 2,000 employees throughout the region.

EBMUD water customers can visit ebmud.com/rates to view the agency's current utility rates.