Water District board to vote on drought surcharge

ACWD Meeting Thursday Night

If you go
What: Alameda County Water District public hearing on surcharge to offset drought-related budget gaps
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: District office, 43885 S. Grimmer Blvd., Fremont
Information: 510-668-4200 or www.acwd.org

FREMONT — After 12 consecutive years of rate increases, water district directors will meet Thursday to consider another hike for customers, including extra penalties for heavy water users.

The agency has proposed a surcharge on bills customers pay every other month to fill a $15 million budget gap that Alameda County Water District leaders blame on the drought.

The shortfall stems from revenue streams that began to dry up after district leaders asked its 336,000 customers in Fremont, Union City and Newark to reduce water use by 20 percent.

They were trying to stretch water supplies that dwindled as the state last year recorded its driest year on record.

In March, the board also declared an emergency water shortage and put mandatory limits on landscape irrigation.

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Chris DeBenedetti