In early 2017, Regional San notified property owners of a proposed five-year rate increase being considered by our Board of Directors.
We are currently in the midst of the largest upgrade to our wastewater
treatment plant since its inception in order to meet stringent new
environmental regulations requiring higher levels of treatment. These
upgrades—known as the EchoWater Project—must be completed and operational by 2023, and the construction cost alone is between $1.5 and $2.1 billion.
New Environmental Regulations Require Higher Levels of Wastewater Treatment
In response to the decline of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta ecosystem and concerns over ammonia, nitrates and pathogens, a series of tough new water quality requirements were imposed on us by the State of California through our discharge permit. Significant upgrades to our wastewater treatment plant must be completed by 2021-2023. These upgrades, known as the EchoWater Project, are expected to cost about $1.5 billion to build and approximately $50 million in additional yearly operations and maintenance costs.
$35.00/month for each
$26.25/month for each
multi-family dwelling unit
$21.00/month for each
age-restricted dwelling unit
This pie chart shows the portion of the current Regional San monthly basic rate (for single-family residential) that is needed to pay for the existing treatment process versus the amount needed to pay for the EchoWater Project.
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