West of Hills Northern Pipelines
EBMUD is planning to build about 8.5 miles of new 48-inch and 36-inch water transmission pipelines. These transmission pipelines move large amounts of water around EBMUD's service area and are different from smaller distribution pipes that directly serve your neighborhood.
The project's four major segments will ensure continued reliable water service to customers in north Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, and the unincorporated communities of West Contra Costa County, including Crockett. Design and construction of each of the four large pipelines will occur separately over the course of a decade with construction of the first project beginning in 2015.
The project will:
- correct existing deficiencies
- improve operations
- enhance system reliability and water quality challenges
- meet projected water demands through 2040
- facilitate repair and replacement of aging infrastructure
EBMUD is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to assess the impacts of the project and identify mitigation measures. The Notice of Availability and Draft EIR are available below. Comments to the Draft EIR may be submitted through July 2, 2013 to the address listed in the Notice of Availability. Each pipeline segment is noted below. You can click to see a map with the alignment for each preferred pipeline route.
- Berkeley - Wildcat Pipeline
- El Cerrito/Richmond - Wildcat Pipelineand Central Pressure Zone Pipeline
- Richmond/San Pablo - Central Pressure Zone Pipeline
Staff will review the Draft EIR at three public meetings. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.
June 12, 2013 First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley
June 19, 2013 Maple Hall, 13831 San Pablo Avenue #4, San Pablo
June 26, 2013 El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito
Workplan and Schedule
EBMUD is working on the Final Environmental Impact Report, which should be released in fall 2013. If you want to be notified when the Final EIR is released, contact us to be added to the mailing list.
Environmental Impact Report Timeline
|Issue Final EIR||October 2013|
|Planned EBMUD Board Certification of EIR||December 2013|