Panoramic Hill improvements

  Construction update as of August 4, 2020 

Replacement of Arden steps will begin the second week of August and will take approximately two weeks to complete. This includes construction of the new steps and demolition of the existing steps. This was not complete as part of the last Arden Steps closure because the materials didn’t arrive in time.

Schedule is subject to change.

There are no planned water outages associated with this work. Allowable work hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University Pumping Plant site, and 7 am to 7 pm at the University Reservoir site, although actual work hours will vary. During construction, expect increased dust, noise, and traffic to and from the sites. There will be intermittent closure of Panoramic Way at University Pumping Plant between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There are no planned closures of lower Panoramic Way (below Dwight Way).

Panoramic Hill Improvements Project Map

Panoramic Hill Improvements Project Map

EBMUD is planning to replace University Reservoir, built in 1963, University Pumping Plant, built in 1906, and 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. Four public meetings have been held regarding the reservoir, pipeline sand pumping plant.approximately 7,300 feet of pipe in the Panoramic Hill neighborhood in Berkeley and Oakland. These facilities 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 water reliability and operating efficiency in your neighborhood.

Workplan and schedule 

last updated August 4, 2020

Pipeline Replacements: Construction is complete. 

University Reservoir Replacement and University Pumping Plant Replacement

There are no planned water outages associated with this work. Allowable work hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University Pumping Plant site, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Reservoir site, although actual work hours will vary. During construction, expect increased dust, noise, and traffic to and from the sites. There will be intermittent closure of Panoramic Way at University Pumping Plant between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. E-mail notices will be distributed in advance of planned closures. There are no planned closures of lower Panoramic Way (below Dwight Way).

Published studies and other resources

Pipes in the sky

As part of the Panoramic Hill Improvements Project, EBMUD has completed two days of helicopter operations. This method of pipe delivery was a first for EBMUD, reducing community impacts and saving approximately 90 days worth of work in the streets.

The two deliveries took place in September 2016 and April 2017, delivering a total of approximately 6,900 feet of pipe to the top of the hill.

Helicopter delivery eliminated the challenge of delivering pipes via the narrow, winding roads of the Berkeley Hills. Usually, standard 40-foot-long pipes would have to be cut in half before delivery via truck through the neighborhood. Once the pipes arrived to the job site, crews would have to fuse the pipes back together before putting them in the ground.

EBMUD is constantly innovating on the best practices and materials to upgrade our aging infrastructure.

Contact 

Laura Luong, Community Affairs Representative
Phone: 510-287-0140
 
Emergencies or after-hours, call EBMUD at 866-403-2683.