Water Wednesday: Anatomy of a Main Break

OAKLAND – Clean water is a dirty job. If you’ve ever seen a crew working to repair a water main break, you know it’s no joke. Main breaks are dangerous and difficult. They can significantly affect the water supply for whole neighborhoods for hours, and in the worst case disrupt traffic or cause property damage. Crews must respond quickly, working through mud, debris, and fast-flowing water to discover the leak and make needed repairs safely. 

Join us to find out how EBMUD crews repair main breaks, the planning that goes into preventing breaks, and how a single glass bottle can stop extreme water pressure.

Our expert panel includes:

  • David Briggs, Director of Operation and Maintenance, EBMUD  
  • David Katzev, Senior Civil Engineer, EBMUD
  • Marc Carradine, Manager of District Maintenance and Construction, EBMUD

The virtual event will include a brief presentation and open Q & A.

  • What: Water Wednesday webinar: Anatomy of a Main Break
  • When: Wednesday, October 18, 2023; 6 p.m.
  • Where: Online via zoom, register at ebmud.com/waterwednesday

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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 system serves 740,000 customers and helps protect the ecosystem of San Francisco Bay. EBMUD is a not-for-profit public agency established in 1923.