EBMUD invites the public to participate in long-term water supply planning

Urban Water Management Plan aims to meet water needs for the next 30 years 

OAKLAND – Long-term planning ensures that the people, businesses and environment of the East Bay have the water supplies needed now and into the future. The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is asking for public input for its latest Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which is updated every five years.

In the Draft Urban Water Management Plan 2020 (UWMP), EBMUD assesses water supplies against expected water needs for a 30-year planning horizon. The plan also outlines EBMUD’s efforts to deal with future uncertainties utilizing a diversified portfolio that includes recycled water and conservation programs. The Draft Water Shortage Contingency Plan 2020 (WSCP) addresses potential water scarcity and explores a range of scenarios that incorporate climate change, changes to population, and hydrologic variability. These plans are an important part of EBMUD’s long-range work to ensure water service reliability to meet customers’ water needs while supporting the environment, especially during multi-year drought periods. 

The Draft UWMP and WSCP will be available for public review and comment from April 7 to May 12, 2021. Final versions of these plans will be submitted to the California Department of Water Resources by
July 1, 2021.

View the plan on EBMUD’s website: www.ebmud.com/uwmp, public libraries in EBMUD’s service area, and the California State Library. A printed copy can be provided upon request.

Provide Comments:

  • Attend a virtual public comment meeting on April 29, 2021 and a virtual public hearing on May 11, 2021 during the regularly scheduled EBMUD Board of Directors meeting. Details and meeting links at www.ebmud.com/uwmp.
  • EBMUD will review and consider all comments received at the public comment meeting and hearing, and all written comments received by May 12, 2021, 4:30 p.m. Submit written comments and questions by email to uwmp2020@ebmud.com, or by postal mail to S. Cheng, Water Resources Planning Division, EBMUD, P.O. BOX 24055, MS 901, Oakland, California, 94623-1055.

EBMUD appreciates the public’s feedback and cooperation on the District’s long-range water supply planning effort. Your input helps to ensure water reliability for the next generation. 

The East Bay Municipal Utility District has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking
water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. EBMUD’s
wastewater treatment serves 740,000 customers and protects the San Francisco Bay. EBMUD is a not-for-profit public agency established in 1923.

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Andrea Pook
Senior Public Information Representative