Proposed Five-Year Increase to Sewer Service and Residential Recycling & Green Waste Charges

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Why is this Increase Needed Now?

Oro Loma Sanitary District provides wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal, and solid waste services to 135,000 residents and businesses in San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, and portions of the City of San Leandro, City of Hayward, and Castro Valley. The District continually looks for opportunities to lower costs while improving service to customers.

However, over the years, the sewer service charges have not kept up with the growing needs to renew the existing infrastructure. A rate increase is needed to raise funds to increase the pace of ongoing infrastructure repairs and replacement.

This approach allows Oro Loma Sanitary District to provide the lowest rates in Alameda County and one of the lowest in the State of California. A single-family residential customer in Oro Loma now pays $0.81 per day for unlimited use of the sewer system – showers, laundry, dishes, toilet flushes.

Sewer Pipe Replacement Needed

Planned Sewer and Recycling Projects

Replace 40 MILES of old sewer pipe 2029 ($60M)

Construct a NEW DIGESTER to replace existing units BUILT IN 1948 ($13.1M)

Purchase new RECYCLING CARTS for customers to comply with
SB 1383 ($6M)*

*calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp

Perform repairs to PIPES AND PUMP STATIONS ($10M)

These projects will ensure that Oro Loma continues its award-winning operation and is able to provide reliable service in the decades ahead.

Residential Sewer Service Charges

Oro Loma proposes to increase the current Residential Sewer Service Charges effective July 1, 2021 and every July 1 for the following four years as follows:

Residential Sewer Service Charges

Non-residential Sewer Service Charges

Non-residential Sewer Service Charges are calculated based on the amount of water used by the customer. Oro Loma proposes to increase the current non-residential Sewer Service Charges effective July 1, 2021 and every July 1 for the following four years as follows:

Non-residential Sewer Service Charges

Alameda County Annual Sewer Service Charges For Single Family Residence
For Fiscal Year 2020-21

Non-residential Sewer Service Charges

The District’s current solid waste rates are 40% less than the average in Alameda County.

Residential Recycling & Green Waste Charges

(collected annually on the tax roll)

Residential Recycling & Green Waste Charges

Alameda County Monthly Garbage & Recycling Rates For Single Family Residence
As of October 2020

Non-residential Sewer Service Charges

The District’s current Sewer Service Charges are 55% below the average in Alameda County.

FAQs – Sewer and Recycling Charges Explained

Oro Loma Sanitary District proposes to increase its Sewer Service Charges (SSC) to reflect changes in the estimated cost to collect, transport, and treat wastewater from all users within the District’s service area. The cost estimate includes inflationary adjustments, funding for plant infrastructure replacements, and an increased pace in the replacement rate of worn-out sewer pipes, many of which are over 70 years old.

What Service is Provided for the Sewer Service Charges?

  • Transport of the sewage from your property to the treatment facility.

  • Treatment of the sewage to protect public health and the environment in the San Francisco Bay.

  • Repair and replacement of worn-out sewer pipes and treatment facilities to provide reliable service and long-term value.

How much are current Sewer Service Charges?

For residential customers, the charge of $296 per year appears on the property tax statement.

How is the Sewer Service Charge (SSC) Increase Calculated?

In 2020, Oro Loma performed a fiscal analysis and projection of costs of service and infrastructure spending needs for the next five years. The necessary increase in SSC was calculated using inflationary projections of 3% per year on the estimated cost to collect, transport and treat wastewater within the District and includes $85M in infrastructure spending over the next five years. The proposed increase would also enable the District to accelerate the pace of repairing and replacing its 270 miles of underground pipes, many of which are over 70 years old.

What Service is Provided for the Residential Recycling and Green Waste Charges?

  • Weekly collection and disposal of one green waste/organics cart – food scraps, yard trimmings, food-soiled paper products.

  • Every other week collection of UNLIMITED recycling materials in carts – bottles, cans, paper, cardboard.

  • Processing and proper disposal of recyclable and compostable materials.

Recycling  & Green Waste Charges Increase Explained

Through conservative fiscal stewardship and by negotiating long-term agreements with the solid waste hauler, Oro Loma has maintained its recycling and green waste charges at $55.20 per year ($4.60 per month) per residential customer since 1993.  

In September 2016, significant environmental legislation was signed into law (SB 1383), requiring the standardization of trash, recycling, and green waste carts across the State of California, as well as extensive monitoring and reporting mandates. To meet the requirement, the District will replace all trash, recycling, and green waste carts. To fund the new carts and prepare for the implementation of SB1383 on January 1, 2022, the District proposes an increase of $12.00 per year ($1.00/month) from $55.20/year to $67.20/year, to the District’s residential recycling and green waste charges.

The increase would go into effect on July 1, 2021 and provide the funding necessary to achieve and maintain compliance with SB 1383.

Additionally, Oro Loma proposes an annual increase to residential recycling and green waste charges of $0.50 per unit per month in years 2-5 ($6/year)to fund the rising costs of collecting and processing recyclable and compostable materials.

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How Do I Provide Feedback?
How Do I Protest?

Attend a public hearing:
June 1, 2021, 6:00pm
Zoom.us/join, Meeting ID: 488 254 2320
Call 1-669-900-6833, enter Meeting ID: 488 254 2320

Call us at: (510) 276-4700
Email us at: info@oroloma.org

Write to us at:
Oro Loma Sanitary District
2655 Grant Avenue, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Attn: Proposed Rate Increase

To be counted, the protests must be submitted in writing.