Grand jury: supplier didn't explain rate increase

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Updated: 6/26/2014 1:24 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A civil grand jury has concluded that an Oakland-based water supplier failed to give the public an adequate explanation of a 9.75 percent rate hike, the first of two big increases in consecutive years.

The Oakland Tribune reported Wednesday that the Alameda County jury found the East Bay Municipal Utility District wasn't clear in explaining the need for the increase and its impact. The district, the East Bay's largest water supplier, provides water for 1.3 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

In its report, the grand jury also said the water board rate decision wasn't very accessible to the public because the meeting was held on a weekday afternoon and neither broadcast nor webcast.

District spokeswoman Abby Figueroa says her water agency is considering ways to improve communications about future increases.

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