Water Rates to Increase in 2015 and 2016
At its October 15, 2014 meeting, Zone 7's Board of Directors approved increasing wholesale treated water rates by 3 percent for 2015 and again in 2016.
The board also approved staff recommendations to increase the water rate for untreated water customers, primarily agricultural, to $130 per acre-foot.
How does Zone 7 Impact Your Water Rates?
More than 80 percent of Zone 7's water supply starts as Sierra snowmelt and is imported to the Valley from the State Water Project using the Delta and South Bay Aqueduct for conveyance. Zone 7 either stores it in the local groundwater basin for later use, or treats the water for delivery to your local water retailer as drinking water. In turn, your retailer -- the City of Pleasanton, the City of Livermore, Dublin San Ramon Services District or the California Water Service Company -- delivers the water to you, factoring in its own cost of service before sending you the final bill.
Rates for untreated water are based on the cost of acquiring the untreated water, Bay-Delta related costs and an adminsitrative fee based on staff costs.