Current recycled water users

EBMUD provides recycled water to numerous sites for irrigation, commercial and industrial uses.

Industrial

The RARE Water Project at Chevron's Richmond refinery can produce 3.5 million gallons of recycled water a day

Facilities at the RARE Water Project

EBMUD operates one of the largest industrial water reuse projects in California, with the capability to provide around 7.5 million gallons per day (mgd) of recycled water for Chevron's Richmond Refinery. That can free up enough drinking water to meet the indoor and outdoor water needs of more than 83,000 residents.

The majority of these savings have taken place since the North Richmond Water Reclamation Plant was built in 1996. The plant receives secondary-treated wastewater from nearby West County Wastewater District and treats it to an even higher standard (tertiary recycled water) in order to supply three cooling towers located at Chevron's Richmond refinery. With a potential capacity of 5.4 mgd, it is one of the larger industrial cooling water reuse projects in the nation.

In 2010, EBMUD added the Richmond Advanced Recycled Expansion (RARE) Water Project at Chevron's Refinery. Chevron uses this recycled water in its boilers to generate steam used while manufacturing gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and lubricants. Only extremely high-purity water can be used in the manufacturing process. To meet these quality requirements, RARE includes microfiltration and reverse osmosis systems, and a variety of pumps, pipes and equipment. RARE can produce 3.5 mgd of recycled water.

EBMUD facilities

Since the 1970s, EBMUD has used recycled water at its own Wastewater Treatment Plant for cooling, cleaning equipment, mixing chemicals, and landscape irrigation. Approximately 2 million gallons daily (mgd) is recycled at our Wastewater Treatment Plant each year, and another 1.7 mgd at EBMUD drinking water filter plants.

EBMUD's downtown Oakland Administration uses recycled water for toilet flushing, irrigation, sidewalk cleaning machines and cooling towers.

Irrigation

San Leandro Recycled Water Facility 

In 1988, EBMUD constructed the San Leandro Recycled Water Facility to serve recycled water from the City of San Leandro's Water Pollution Control Plant. EBMUD customers currently connected to this recycled water system include two golf courses and the Harbor Bay Parkway in Alameda. Their recycled water use saved more than 100,000 gallons per day in FY15. 

East Bayshore Recycled Water Project

East Bayshore map (click to enlarge)

East Bayshore Recycled Water Project

The East Bayshore Project began providing recycled water to customers in 2008. It currently supplies 28 customer sites. 

When completed, the East Bayshore Project will supply an annual average of 2.5 million gallons per day (mgd) of recycled water to portions of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland.

San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program

San Ramon Valley map (click to enlarge)

San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program 

The San Ramon Valley project began supplying recycled water to customers in 2006. In currently supplies recycled water to 44 EBMUD customer sites.

When completed, the San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program will serve about 2.4 mgd of recycled water to EBMUD irrigation customers in portions of Blackhawk, Danville and San Ramon.

The San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program is managed by the DERWA joint powers authority. EBMUD's Manager of Water Supply Improvements Mike Tognolini was named DERWA Authority Manager in 2016.

Water recycling projects in operation

Project and LocationType

CY15 Savings (mgd)

Began Recycled Water Use
EBMUD Wastewater Treatment Plant Industrial/Irrigation 2.3 1971
Chuck Corica Golf Complex/Alameda Irrigation 0.03 1991
Harbor Bay Parkway/Alameda Irrigation 0.01 1991
Chevron Refinery/Richmond Industrial/Cooling Towers 4 1996
Chevron Refinery/Richmond Industrial/Boiler Makeup Water 1.8 2010
San Ramon Valley/
Phase 1
Irrigation 0.52 2006
East Bayshore RWP/
Phase 1A
Irrigation, industrial,
office building toilet flushing, possible wetlands restoration
0.14 2008
Recycled Water Truck Program Dust Control/ Construction/ Irrigation/ Cleaning 0.01 2008
Oakland Airport Dust Control/ Construction 0.01 2015