The board of the Dublin San Ramon Services District has approved Stage 2 water shortage rates in response to worsening drought conditions in California.

As with other local water agencies, the DSRSD already declared a Stage 2 water shortage emergency, mandating customers reduce water consumption by 15 percent compared to 2020.

The new emergency rates the board adopted at its Oct. 8 meeting go into effect Nov. 5. A unit of water (100 cubic feet or 748 gallons) will go from $1.32 per unit to $1.66. Without conservation, the average single-family residence will pay an additional $3.40 monthly ($6.80 per bimonthly bill).

The district said the rate increase is meant to encourage conservation, especially among those using the most water.

“The district is ramping up water conservation because we are concerned about water supply for next year,” district general manager Dan McIntyre said in a statement. “The drought is serious and anything we can do to save water now is essential.”

Under the district’s water shortage emergency water use regulations, outdoor irrigation is limited to 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to reduce evaporation, and is also limited to no more than three non-consecutive days per week.

From Nov. 1 to Feb. 28, outdoor irrigation will be limited to one day per week.

More information about the rate change and conservation efforts is available on the DSRSD website.