DSRSD board approves water rate increase

Decision made in response to Zone 7 action, agency says

In response to increased and restructured wholesale water rates, Dublin San Ramon Services District's Board of Directors unanimously approved a rate increase for its water customers in the Dougherty Valley and Dublin that will take effect Feb. 1.

The board signed off on the rate increase at its regular meeting Tuesday night following a public hearing. District spokeswoman Sue Stephenson said that while the exact increase will vary based on household consumption, residential customers who use 10 units -- or 7,480 gallons -- of water per billing cycle can expect to pay $5 more each bill.

DSRSD officials say the rate increase is a result of the Zone 7 Water Agency’s adoption of a three-year rate plan with annual increases for its retailers and a temporary drought surcharge. DSRSD purchases substantially all of its potable water from Zone 7 and has been passing Zone 7’s charge for the cost of the water on to its customers since 2002, officials said.

Also a primary factor was Zone 7’s new rate structure, which its board approved last October. Instead of charging retailers solely based on the amount of water used, Zone 7 has added a monthly fixed charge on top of the volumetric rate. This calendar year, DSRSD will pay Zone 7 $4.4 million in fixed charges, according to a staff memo.

DSRSD already has a fixed charge as a part of its rate structure, Stephenson said.

“They’re billing us differently than they used to, and it’s smarter,” Stephenson said. “The drought got a lot of agencies to look at their rate structures and realize that when people cut back on water use, the cost of providing service remains.”

Zone 7 officials have said the rate increases were needed to offset revenue lost because of the drought.

Once notified of the Zone 7 rate increase that would take effect Jan. 1, DSRSD directed staff to schedule a public hearing and send out notices about its proposed increase. The agency sent out over 20,000 notices and received five written protests in response.

No one spoke about the rate increase during Tuesday’s public hearing.

Customers can estimate their prospective new rates through DSRSD’s online bill calculator. Anyone with questions about their bill can contact the agency’s customer service department at 846-4565.


3 people like this
Posted by Charlie Brown
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

Perfect timing, just in time for the rain storms and snow pack!

10 people like this
Posted by sucker citizen
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 11, 2017 at 8:54 am

What the heck? They raised rate and imposed fines to force us to conserve. Now that we conserve, they again raise rate to cover the savings from customers conserving water. We are such suckers to let them do whatever they feel like doing. Enough is enough!

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Posted by Zenmonkman
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Pleasanton residents are getting ripped off over water conservation. Cities are not the biggest consumers of water, yet they use this as a pretense to get revenue into their tillers. Most likely it will be used to pay city government retirees in the future.

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Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 11, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Of COURSE they did....who is really surprised by this?

3 people like this
Posted by mehoff
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Abide by the perimeters set fourth in conservation , and get punished with increase after increase . Pleasanton willingly continues to build on every empty lot to greater increase the cities revenues with no consideration for current residences. If you think you need to get increases, try implementing the increases only on new residential builds moving forward. You can ask "what have you done for me lately?) Nothing, except "ROB" your citizens. They are no better than a theif in the night.

2 people like this
Posted by Julie Testa
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

Everything cycles back to employee costs and the pension mess.

Building on vacant land is only the beginning. Building on "underutilized" land is the real threat, existing buildings will be removed to build bigger and up.

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