Central Reservoir Replacement Project

Central Reservoir Map

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is replacing its 154-million-gallon Central Reservoir. Constructed in 1910 on a 27-acre site, the Central Reservoir is EBMUD’s largest distribution reservoir and provides emergency and operational storage to about 52,000 metered services from Oakland and Emeryville to the Oakland/San Leandro border, including most of the City of Alameda.

Central Reservoir has reached the end of its useful life and will be demolished and replaced with new tanks that are approximately 20 feet higher than the existing reservoir. The project includes demolition of the existing reservoir and materials storage building, and construction of three new 17-MG concrete tanks, a new rate control station, a valve structure, service road and site paving, a bioretention area, and security fencing, all within the existing reservoir property. The project may also include an access driveway to connect the Redwood Day School parking area located off Sheffield Avenue to Ardley Avenue.

Construction for this project is expected to occur over a six-year period, from 2026-2032.

EBMUD prepared a final site plan based on input from community meetings held in September 2017 and February 2018. Using the final site plan, EBMUD initiated the environmental review process including preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that evaluated project impacts and identified ways to reduce and/or eliminate environmental impacts. On November 15, 2019, EBMUD published the Draft EIR for a 60-day public review period. Public meetings were held on December 4, 2019 and January 7, 2020 to discuss the results of the Draft EIR with the community. All comments received on the Draft EIR have been compiled and responded to in the Final EIR including any changes and clarifications to the Draft EIR. Copies of the Final EIR are available for public review by appointment at the EBMUD Administration Building located at 375 Eleventh Street in Oakland or by download via the link below (see “Published studies and other resources” section of this page)

The Board of Directors approved the Project and certified the EIR on April 13, 2021.


Project email: centralreservoir@ebmud.com

Community Affairs 
Email: construction-south@ebmud.com
Phone: 510-287-0544

Contractors: For bid opportunities on EBMUD projects, see Business Center.

Published studies and other resources