Panoramic Hill Improvements
EBMUD is planning to replace University Reservoir, University Pumping Plant and approximately 7,300 feet of pipe in the Panoramic Hill neighborhood in Berkeley and Oakland. The University Reservoir was built in 1963 and University Pumping Plant was built in 1906. These facilities need to be replaced because they are at the end of their useful life and do not meet current standards. A majority of the pipelines were installed prior to or in the 1940s. The pipes are made of unlined cast iron, and many have a leak history that makes them eligible for replacement. This work will increase both system reliability and operating efficiency.
EBMUD has worked closely with the cities of Berkeley and Oakland and their respective Fire Departments during the planning design and construction of this project. A public meeting was held jointly with City of Berkeley on April 23, 2014.
The street closures shown in the adjacent map will be segmented based on work load so portions of it could be open while other portions are closed.
Workplan and Schedule
The Panoramic Hill Improvements Project is now in design. Reservoir construction is expected to begin in October 2015 and pipeline construction is expected to begin in early 2016.
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