Castro Valley wastewater agency eyes hiking annual sewer fee

CASTRO VALLEY —  Castro Valley Sanitary District customers, already paying some of the highest sewer fees in the area, could see those go up by more than 10 percent over the next two years.

The district says the increases are needed to offset projected hikes in maintenance costs, pay for more capital improvements and comply with federal wastewater regulations.

The higher charge would go into effect July 1 and raise the annual $380 sewer service charge for all residential customers by $19, or $1.58 a month, until June 30, 2018. Those charges would then increase by $20 from $399 to $419 until June 30, 2019. That is an overall 10.2 percent increase for the two fiscal years.

Those rates would apply to all houses, mobile homes, townhomes, condominiums, apartments and granny units, according to an April notice sent to the 57,000 home and business owners served by the sanitary district.

Commercial users, such as restaurants, bakeries, auto repair shops, dentists and gas stations, along with institutional users, including churches and community service organizations, would pay varying rates that also show an annual 5 percent hikes over two years.

Nearby Oro Loma Sanitary District, which covers San Lorenzo, Fairview and part of San Leandro and Hayward, charges $221 annually for a house or apartment and $181 for a mobile home. That will increase in July to $238 for a house or apartment and $194 for a mobile home.

Hayward residents living in houses are charged based on water usage, from $8.72 to $29.80 a month for sewer service, or $104.64 to $357.60 annually. Apartment dwellers pay $26.52 a month, or $318.24 annually, and mobile homes are assessed $20.86 a month, or $250.32. They are billed every other month.

San Leandro charges $34.03 a month, or $408.36 annually, for house sewer service and $24.15 a month, or $289.80 annually, for apartments.

A final hearing on the proposed Castro Valley sewer rate hikes will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the CVSan board room,…

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