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EBMUD PROPOSAL CUTS WATER RATES AT ALL LEVELS

 OAKLAND, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- New East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) water rate schedules proposed today will provide lower rates at all levels of water use beginning July 1.
 The proposal reflects plans announced last Tuesday by EBMUD General Manager Jorge Carrasco to trim 8 percent from the district's water revenues.
 Customers who were affected most by higher water use rates throughout the six-year drought would get the largest rate cuts under the new program, but those who use less water still will have the lowest rates overall.
 Single-family resident water rates for a typical customer using 250 gallons a day or less would drop from $1.10 per unit (748 gallons) to $1.05 a unit -- the lowest since 1991. This means an EBMUD customer using 250 gallons a day will pay $16.65 a month, down 20 cents from current levels.
 Single-family customers using more than 250 gallons a day would see rates drop from $1.37 a unit to $1.21 a unit. For instance, the monthly bill for a customer using 750 gallons a day would decline from $44.25 to $39.45, a $4.80 savings. A customer using 1,200 gallons daily would see his or her bill decrease $8.94, from $68.91 to $59.97.
 Multi-family residential rates would drop from $1.24 per unit to $1.14. Non-residential (business, industry and government facilities) would drop from $1.37 to $1.21.
 The cuts are made possible by a lean 1994 budget introduced last Tuesday that holds the line on operating costs and cuts EBMUD's $242.8 million 1993 water and wastewater capital improvement budget in half to $122.5 million.
 The water system operating budget would be cut by $1.75 million to $164.9 million. Staffing also would be reduced through deletion of 22 staff positions, for a $314,000 payroll savings.
 Carrasco said the rate schedule will continue to be higher for customers using more than 250 gallons a day to assure that long term needs to conserve water are maintained.
 Rate recommendations for the 1994 fiscal year are based on continued conservation of 15 percent, reflecting the end of the drought program, but recognizing that changes in consumption behavior, landscaping and permanent water-saving devices will make a return to pre-drought water use unlikely. Since the drought program ended April 1, consumption has continued to be 22 percent below pre-drought levels.
 The rate schedules were sent to EBMUD Board of Directors today (Friday) and will be considered at a 9 a.m., June 1 board workshop. A public hearing will follow at a 7 p.m., June 1 in the District Administration Building at 375 11th Street in Oakland.
 Adoption of the Fiscal 1994 budget and rate schedule is set for June 8 at a 1:15 p.m. meeting.
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 /CONTACT: Gayle Montgomery of East Bay Municipal Utility District, 510-287-0141 or, home, 510-689-2327/


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