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
  • meet projected water demands through 2040
  • facilitate repair and replacement of aging infrastructure

EBMUD completed an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to assess the impacts of the project and identify mitigation measures. The Draft and Final EIR are available below. Each pipeline segment is noted below. You can click to see a map with the alignment for each preferred pipeline route.

Workplan and Schedule

The Final EIR was certified on December 10, 2013. Design is scheduled for 2014 and construction is expected to start in 2015.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the El Cerrito, Richmond, and San Pablo portion, please contact:
Sharla J. Sullivan, Community Affairs Representative II
Phone: (510) 287-7208
For questions regarding the Berkeley portion, please contact:
Laura Luong, Community Affairs Representative II
Phone: (510) 287-0140
For after-hours, call EBMUD at (866) 403-2683.
Contractors: For bid opportunities on EBMUD projects, see Business Opportunities.

Published Studies and Other Resources

The DRAFT EIR Volumes 1 and 2 and the Response to Comments are all part of the final EIR.

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