Alameda County Water District plans to raise rates to pay to replace water mains, upgrade pipes (Oakland Tribune)

November 30, 2012 – The cost of water in the Tri-City area soon may rise, generating millions that utility officials say will fund crucial infrastructure upgrades for decades to come. The Alameda County Water District is proposing to hike rates for 2013, increasing the average customer’s bill by nearly $7.50 per month. The higher rates, expected to take effect Feb. 1, would fund the replacement of water mains and the seismic retrofitting of nearly one-third of the district’s 800 miles of aging pipelines, said Robert Shaver, the agency’s assistant general manager. The upgrades are expected to cost $400 million, and the rate increase will generate about $8 million per year — about 80 percent of the project’s annual $10 million price tag, Shaver said.

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