CASTRO VALLEY -- Residents could see their sewer fees go up 8 percent in July, but they still would pay the second lowest rate in the county.

Currently $21.67 a month, fees would go up to $23.42 if the rate hike is approved. The district is proposing another 8 percent rate increase for the following year, which would push the monthly rate to about $25.25.

The fee hike is needed to cover costs of some upgrades, said Roland Williams, Castro Valley Sanitary District general manager.

"While 8 percent might seem a lot, when you break it down, it's about a $20 per year increase for the average residential user, or about $1.70 month," he said.

By comparison, San Leandro charges $29.89 a month, Pleasanton, $35.57 and Livermore $39.70. Hayward's fee varies, up to $27.27 monthly, based on water usage.

Oro Loma Sanitary District has the lowest residential rate in Alameda County: $15.75 a month. That will be going up to $16.25 in July. Oro Loma serves San Lorenzo, Fairview, Ashland, Cherryland and part of San Leandro and Hayward,

CVSan's board will look at the recommendation for the increase at its meeting Tuesday, but will not take a vote until March, when a public hearing is planned, Williams said.

"We have a $25 million sewer improvement plan to make sure we have enough capacity for the next 20 years and don't have sewer overflows," Williams said.


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The district also will need to pay $3 million to cover its share of upgrades at the sewage treatment plant it shares with Oro Loma Sanitary District, he said.

"The average sewer charge in Alameda County is about $500 a year, so we're a little bit more than half of that," Williams said. CVSan's current annual rate is $260.

"We have the second lowest residential sewer service rate in Alameda County," said Janette Stuart, district administrative services supervisor. About 95 percent of CVSan's customers are residential users, she said.

Castro Valley Sanitary District had raised fees for the current year by 3.5 percent, or $8 annually, from $252 to $260.

Tuesday's board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 21040 Marshall St.

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