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Notice of Public Hearing: Sewer Connection Fees Published 2022-04-05

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NOTICE IS GIVEN that the District Board of West Bay Sanitary District will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2022 in conjunction with its regularly scheduled meeting which commences at 7:00 p.m.  The location of the meeting is at the District’s offices, 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, California 94025 or by Zoom Meeting ID: 872 9319 6887 Passcode: 980806 or telephone 669 900 6833 Meeting ID:872 9319 6887 Passcode: 980806

The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to consider a proposed increase in Sewer Connection Fees for all new connections or expanded connections in the District.  The proposed rates are as follows:

          Connection Fee DollarsDistrict

           Residential Unit$8,608.00

           (includes 30 gpd lateral I/I) 

           Minimum per EDU 200 Gallons Per Day (GPD) 


           Supplementary Connection Fee (a)$1,291.20

           (equivalent to 30 gpd lateral l/l) 


           Non-Residential Use (b) 

           Equal or Less than$43.04/gpd

           300 mg/l Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) 

           or Suspended Solids (SS)+$1,291.20*

           *per supplementary connection (a) 


            Greater than 300 mg/l$36.28/gpd

            BOD or SS+$6.76/gpd x strength ratio (c)

            *per supplementary connection (a)+$1,291.20*

(a)        * The connection fee for a supplementary connection(s) to the same building shall be $1,291.20 per connection.  [Amended by General Regulation No.2022-02]

(b)        Non-Residential Use connection fees are calculated using average daily flow in gpd. Minimum Non-Residential Use is based on 300 gpd of average daily flow.  In no event shall the Non-Residential Use connection fee be less than the Residential connection fee of $8,608.00.                                                 

Example: A Non-Residential Use connection with 300 gpd of average daily flow and 300 mg/l of BOD or SS would pay the following: $43.04/gpd x 300 gpd = $12,912.00

(c)        The strength ratio component for Non-Residential Use with BOD and/or SS concentrations greater than 300 mg/l, is calculated by the ratio of the highest of the BOD or SS concentrations to 300 mg/l.                 

Example: A Non-Residential Use connection with 300 gpd of average daily flow and 400 mg/l of BOD and 350 mg/l of SS would pay the following:  $36.28/gpd x 300 gpd + ($6.76/gpd x 300 gpd x (400 mg/l ÷ 300 mg/l)) = $13,588.00

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Pursuant to Section 65852.2 of the California Government Code the District will charge an Accessory Dwelling Unit Connection Fee based on the number of plumbing fixture units (FU).  District establishes 20 FU’s per EDU (equivalent dwelling unit) as the basis for charging accessory dwellings for an existing customer.  The connection fee would be $430.40 multiplied times the number of fixture units in the accessory dwelling unit to charge a connection for the accessory dwelling unit.

Formula Assumptions:

#1 – District Connection Fee charge per EDU = $8,608.00, the charge per fixture unit would be $430.40 per FU ($8,608.00 divided by 20 FU).

#2 – $430.40 per FU per FU ($8,608.00 divided by 20 FU).

Example: An accessory dwelling for an existing customer with 15 fixture units would be charged a connection fee of $6,456.00 (15 x $430.40).

The proposed connection fee increase is based on the Sewer Connection Fee Study dated April 1, 2022, Prepared by HF&H Consultants, LLC (the “Fee Study”), and reviewed by the Board of Directors at its March 23, 2022 regular meeting.  An electronic copy of the Fee Study is available on request to any member of the public, and a paper copy will be provided on request upon payment of the direct cost of duplication.  To request a copy, please contact West Bay Sanitary District at (650)321-0384 or email

Government Code § 66016. Public meeting; Procedure for levying new fee or increasing existing fee

(a)  Notice of the time and place of the meeting, including a general explanation of the matter to be considered, and a statement that the data required by this section is available, shall be mailed at least 14 days prior to the meeting to any interested party who files a written request with the local agency for mailed notice of the meeting on new or increased fees or service charges. Any written request for mailed notices shall be valid for one year from the date on which it is filed unless a renewal request is filed. At least 10 days prior to the meeting, the local agency shall make available to the public data indicating the amount of cost, or estimated cost, required to provide the service for which the fee or service charge is levied and the revenue sources anticipated to provide the service, including General Fund revenues.

Any interested person may address the District Board at the Public Hearing.  Written comments may be submitted at or before the Public Hearing by addressing them to the District Board. Mail comments to 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, California 94025.

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