Summit Reservoir Replacement

Summit Reservoir, Kensington & Berkeley
Summit Reservoir, Kensington & Berkeley

EBMUD is planning to replace Summit Reservoir, located in Berkeley and Kensington. The reservoir was built in the 1890s and has had several upgrades that extended its life. Now the existing reservoir needs to be replaced. Planning studies call for one 3.5 million gallon water tank within the footprint of the existing reservoir basin. A new flow control valve which allows access to additional storage in nearby Woods Reservoir will also be constructed for the project. The new tank at Summit, when combined with the tank at Woods Reservoir (3.1 million gallons) will provide about 6.6 million gallons of storage. Two pumping plants on the western side of the site also have reached the end of their useful lives and will also be replaced.

Workplan and Schedule

The Summit Reservoir Replacement Project is now in design. With input from community members, EBMUD developed a preferred design alternative for the site. EBMUD held four community meetings and discussed the project with officials from the City of Berkeley, Contra Costa County and East Bay Regional Park District.

The final EIR (consisting of the Draft EIR and Response to Comments document) was certified by the EBMUD Board of Directors on November 8, 2011. EBMUD expects construction to begin in Summer 2014 and take about two and a half years to complete. The Final EIR is available for review under the Published Studies and Other Resources section below.

Contact Information

Michelle Blackwell, Community Affairs Representative II
Phone: (510) 287-2053

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Published Studies and Other Resources

The Draft EIR, design illustration, and video showing the preferred design alternative are available below. The Final EIR includes both the Draft EIR and Responses to Comments.

The documents below are PDF files that can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software.