Seneca Reservoir Demolition Project


Seneca Reservoir Demolition Project

Starting in early May 2021, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) will begin demolishing the Seneca Reservoir, a 30 million gallon open-cut reservoir located at the end of Seneca Street adjacent to Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. The existing tank is at the end of its useful life, and changes in the water distribution system have eliminated the need for the storage capacity it formerly provided. This project is expected to be completed in April 2022.


What to expect: 

There is no water outage associated with this project. There will be impacts to the neighborhood during work hours, typical work hours are Monday thru Friday, 7 AM to 4 PM. EBMUD and its contractors will do everything feasible to minimize disturbance. 

  • Traffic: Residents can expect increased heavy equipment and truck traffic on Seneca St. and Thermal St.
  • Parking Restrictions: There will be no parking on the east side of Thermal and the west side of Seneca during work hours.
  • Conditions: Residents can expect construction noise within allowable limits and dust, there will be additional street sweeping to manage dust. EBMUD and its contractors continue to follow County health guidelines, please stay six feet away from all workers.


Contact information

Community Affairs
Phone: 510-287-0140
Emergencies or after-hours, call EBMUD 866-403-2683