SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two large San Francisco Bay Area water districts are considering adopting state-ordered cuts in water use and possibly increasing rates.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District board on Tuesday will consider mandatory districtwide reductions of 20 percent below use in 2013. The district is currently asking its customers to voluntarily cut back 15 percent.
California is in its fourth year of drought. On April 1, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state water districts to cut back 25 percent on average.
The Contra Costa Water District Board on Wednesday will consider mandatory reductions of 25 percent, which is up from its 15 percent voluntary conservation program.
One board will also consider adopting fines for stealing water from the district, for example from fire hydrants.