Sewer Service Fees

Sewer Service Fees (SSF) effective July 1, 2015. SSFs are established to cover the cost of the operation, maintenance, and capital improvements to the sanitary sewer system. The rate for each user category is based on water usage and discharge factor, with a billing cap for residential customers. A description of the various user categories can be found in the Berkeley Municipal Code Section 17.04.010. SSFs are billed on the EBMUD water bill.

On June 30, 2015, the City Council authorized Resolution No. 67,129 - N.S. which set SSFs effective July 1, 2015.

SSF RESIDENTIAL RATES

 

Rate per Water Unit

Monthly Billing Cap

Single Family - 1 dwelling unit

$4.54 

$118.04

Duplex - 2 dwelling units 

$4.85

$184.30

Triplex - 3 dwelling units

$4.90

$240.10

Quadruplex - 4 dwelling units

$5.12

$307.20

Multiple Family - 5 or more dwelling units

$4.99

None

 

SSF NON-RESIDENTIAL RATES

  Rate per Water Unit  Monthly Billing Cap 

0.60 Discharge Factor Category

$3.06

None

0.70 Discharge Factor Category

$3.57

None

0.80 Discharge Factor Category

$4.08

None

0.90 Discharge Factor Category

$4.59

None

All Other Non-Residential Category

$5.10

None

 

SSF PUBLIC AGENCY RESIDENTIAL RATES

 

Rate per Water Unit

Monthly Billing Cap

Single Family - 1 dwelling unit

$2.75

$55.00

 

SSF PUBLIC AGENCY NON-RESIDENTIAL RATES

 

Rate per Water Unit

Monthly Billing Cap

0.60 Discharge Factor Category

$1.98

None

0.70 Discharge Factor Category

$2.31 

None

0.80 Discharge Factor Category

$2.64 

None

0.90 Discharge Factor Category

$2.97

None

All Other Customer Usage 1.0 Discharge Factor Category

$3.30

None

1 water unit = 100 cubic feet = 1 Ccf = 748 gallons
DU = Dwelling Unit

The term "Public agency" is defined in the California Government Code §54999.1(c) to mean "the United States or any of its agencies, the state or any of its agencies, the Regents of the University of California, a county, a city, a district, a public authority, or any other political subdivision or public corporation of this state."

For information and questions on Sewer Service Fees, contact the City of Berkeley Customer Service Center at 311 (or (510) 981-2489 if outside City limits).


A summary of business types contained in each non-residential category is below.

0.60 DISCHARGE FACTOR CATEGORY:

Agricultural Production - Crops

0.70 DISCHARGE FACTOR CATEGORY:

Grain Mill Products Mfg.

Beverage Manufacturing

Petroleum Refining & Related

Rubber & Misc. Plastic Products

Misc. Amusement & Recreation

0.80 DISCHARGE FACTOR CATEGORY:

Ship & Boat Building & Repair

Gasoline Service Stations

Auto Repair, not classified

Car Wash/Auto Laundry

0.90 DISCHARGE FACTOR CATEGORY:

Building Construction

Plastic & Synthetic Materials

Eating and Drinking Places

Offices

Coin-Operated Laundries

Funeral Service & Crematories

Auto Repair, Services, Parking

Misc. Repair Services

Amusement & Recreation

Commercial Sports

Educational Services

Membership Organizations

All Other Customer Usage - 1.0 Discharge Factor Category


Landlords & Tenants

For Tenancies begun prior to January 1, 1999

Prior to 1997, sewer charges were billed to and paid by property owners on their property tax bill.  Therefore, under the City's rent control ordinance, the sewer charge is considered a housing service provided to the unit as part of the rent.  As such, sewer charges are the property owner's responsibility.  To account for the change in billing that put the sewer fees on the EBMUD water bill that is often paid by the tenant, the Rent Board adopted Regulation 1269.5 which allows tenants to pass any costs incurred by the change in billing on to the landlord.

Some options are:

1) The tenant can pay the bill and the landlord can reimburse the tenant.

2) The tenant can pay the bill. Then, the landlord can allow the tenant to deduct the sewer portion from his/her rent.

3) Make any other arrangement to which both parties agree upon.

For Tenancies begun on or after January 1, 1999

For tenancies begun on or after January 1, 1999, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Civil Code section 1954.50 et seq.)  allows landlords to establish the initial rent to be paid for a unit, including the housing services paid for by the rent.  Therefore, for these tenancies, the landlord and tenant are free to negotiate who will be responsible for paying the sewer fees at the commencement of the tenancy.

Remember: the EBMUD customer of record must pay the entire water bill, including sewer charges.  Therefore, the bill should always be paid.  If you are due a reimbursement, it can be worked out later.

For questions on the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants, call the Rent Board at (510) 981-7368.

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