A previously deferred rate increase will now go into effect August 1, 2021, for retail water customers. The rate increase had been part of a multi-year phased approach and was first approved in 2016 by the EOCWD Board of Directors.
The increase was deferred in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist residents and businesses who may have faced job losses or closures. The district also took steps to reduce costs, such as deferring capital improvements and a freeze on staff pay raises.
The rate increase approved in 2016 came in response to rising costs to deliver water to residents, including costs for imported water and essential infrastructure investments. More information on the approved rate change is available here.
It’s been a challenging year for everyone, and at EOCWD it’s been no different. As always, we have remained committed to providing our rate payers hometown service, fiscal discipline and direct accountability.