Proposed Recycled Water Rates

The City of Hayward is currently implementing its Recycled Water Project in an effort to provide a locally sustainable and drought-proof supply of recycled water to customers for irrigation and industrial uses. The proposed recycled water rates, if adopted, will be effective October 1, 2019 and October 1, 2020.

What do recycled water rates pay for?

Recycled water rates are established to pay for the costs of treatment and delivery of recycled water to customers and are determined through an assessment of revenue requirements and anticipated recycled water purchase volumes. The proposed bimonthly recycled water bills would consist of two parts: 1) the fixed service fee, which pays for services that do not vary with the volume of recycled water purchased, such as meter maintenance; and 2) the recycled water usage fee, which pays for costs associated with water consumption, such as the pipeline maintenance and energy related expenses.

What is the proposed rate?

The recommended recycled water rates are comprised of a uniform rate schedule for all recycled water customers, which is a minimum 25% reduction compared to non-residential potable water usage rate.

Recycled water service fees, which are based on meter size, pay for the fixed costs associated with providing service, such as billing, customer service, debt service obligations, meter service, and repairs. The fees do not vary with the quantity of water purchased.

When will the rates be considered for adoption by the City Council?

A public hearing will be held regarding the proposed recycled water rates on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the proposed rates?

For more information, call the Public Works & Utilities Department at (510) 583-4700 or email us at

Related Documents:

Find information about proposed water and sewer rates here.