Central Reservoir Replacement Project

Central Reservoir MapThe 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 three smaller and more resilient concrete tanks within the existing reservoir basin. The project also includes replacing and realigning the existing access road, replacing pipelines and control valves, and removing a small building onsite that is no longer needed or seismically safe.

Construction is expected to occur over a five-year period, from 2024-2029.

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 EIR that will evaluate project impacts and identify ways to reduce and/or eliminate environmental impacts. 

Workplan and schedule

The overall work plan and schedule is as follows:

  • Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Publication – April 2018.
  • Draft EIR Publication – Summer 2019
  • Public Meeting to Review Draft EIR – Summer 2019
  • Final EIR Publication – Winter 2019/2020
  • EBMUD Board Certification of Final EIR and Project Approval – Winter 2019/2020


Project email: centralreservoir@ebmud.com

Laura Luong, Community Affairs Representative
Email: laura.luong@ebmud.com
Phone: 510-287-0140

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

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