Sewer User Fees

The City of Emeryville is proposing an increase to the sewer user fee, which has not been raised since January 1995 and is the lowest sewer user fee in the region. Sewer user fees must be adequate to fund the operating, maintenance, and infrastructure costs of the City's sewer pipelines. The sewer user fees are proposed to increase nine percent annually over the next five years because the base unit costs for all customers are proposed to increase by nine percent annually. Adjustments to the current sewer user fee are needed to:
  • Meet the legal mandates issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete certain minimum improvements to the City's sewer facilities.  Failure to meet these requirements may result in strict penalties and/or fines.
  • Fund the ongoing operating and maintenance expenses of the City's sewer facilities in accordance with regulatory permit requirements and keep revenues aligned with the costs of providing safe and reliable service.
  • Develop emergency reserves to fund sewer repairs in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster.
A public hearing will be held on November 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm in the City of Emeryville City Council Chambers at 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville, California to accept public comment and receive written protests on the proposed sewer user fee increase. If you do not want to protest the proposed rates, you do not need to take any action.

The public hearing will follow the Guidelines for the Submission and Tabulation of Protests.

Public Notice

Public notices were mailed out on September 23, 2016 to the property owners and ratepayers in the City of Emeryville. Copies of the notice are available in the following languages:
This notice is available in English.
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Sewer Rate Study

A sewer rate study was completed by Bartle Wells Associates and is available here: Sewer Rate Study
A presentation of the sewer rate study was given at the September 20, 2016 City Council meeting. Presentation slides are available here: Sewer Rate Study Presentation