Why did the City adopt the temporary drought recovery surcharge?
Forty percent of the City’s cost to provide water is from fixed costs. These fixed costs, such as operating the treatment plant and maintaining pipes, do not decrease when water sales decline. In order to offset the loss of revenue from declining water sales, the temporary drought recovery surcharge was implemented. The surcharge allows the City to continue providing clean and reliable water to our community.

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1. What is the temporary drought recovery surcharge on my water bill?
2. Why did the City adopt the temporary drought recovery surcharge?
3. Why do I have to pay more for water when I’m saving more?
4. When will the temporary drought recovery surcharge end?
5. What is the City doing with the temporary drought recovery surcharge money?
6. Why doesn’t the City cut back on staffing to save money?
7. Why can’t the City’s large reserve fund be used to offset the revenue losses from the drought?
8. Where can I find Proposition 218?