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San Francisco declares water emergency, 5% surcharge on users

The San Francisco Utilities Commission voted on Tuesday to declare a water shortage emergency amid an overwhelming drought in the state that threatens water supplies across the region, imposing a 5% surtax on city ​​water users.

California is in the throes of one of the worst droughts in its history. The drought of 2011-2017 was so intense that the rainy seasons in 2017 and 2018 barely canceled out the damage. The mountain snow in 2020 was not enough to fill the state’s reservoirs.

The Chronicle of San Francisco reported:

Members of the San Francisco Utilities Commission voted on Tuesday to declare a water shortage emergency and adopt a 10% reduction in system-wide water use.

They aim to achieve this by asking townspeople and businesses to reduce their water use by 5% and asking more than two dozen agencies in Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to buy water from San Francisco to save even more by reducing water use by 14%.

The statement demands that the city levy a temporary surtax on city users’ water bills of up to 5% – the amount they are asking customers to cut – to ensure rates don’t fall below of what it costs the city to operate its water systems. . The surcharge will decrease as city-wide water use decreases to meet the reduction target, measured against water use in fiscal year 2019-2020, a period chosen before the pandemic. At most, it should add $ 6 per month to residential customer bills.

Critics also note that California has done next to nothing to increase the tank shortage, despite a large budget surplus, and that environmentalists have opposed the expansion of energy-hungry desalination plants, of which there are none. only a few.

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