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East Bay Municipal Utility District postpones water rate increase after December rainfall

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A plan to increase water rates by 14-percent for East Bay Municipal Utility District customers has been postponed due to the rainy December, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Last month, the utility’s Board of Directors voted in favor of the temporary surcharge — a hike of about $4.30 per month for the average single family — as a result of the drought.

The surcharge was supposed to take effect Friday, the Times reported.

But following several bouts of heavy rainfall, EBMUD has postponed that surcharge, which would raise $16 million to pay  for the cost to pump over 16,000 acre feet of emergency water from the Sacramento River.

That doesn’t mean the surcharge proposal has been nixed.

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