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Built in 1935, the Orinda Water Treatment Plant—the heart of the EBMUD water distribution system—is undergoing bypass surgery. Every day, this plant delivers more than 120 million gallons of great water to 800,000 customers. It keeps our Mokelumne supply filtered, treated and flowing to your taps.
You flush and the water disappears. But do you know what happens after water from your toilet goes down the drain? Take a tour of EBMUD’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Oakland. We offer free tours for East Bay residents and students in middle and high school. Our expert tour guides will reveal how we keep the San Francisco Bay clean by treating wastewater and how you can take steps to protect the environment. Hint: toss those not-so-flushable wipes and other items in the trash, not the toilet.
Following a big earthquake or if a pipe bursts in your neighborhood, you may be out of water. Our crews work fast, but repairs on broken pipes take time. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for emergencies—big or small—is having enough water stored for you, your family and pets.
This year, a 123-year-old pipe emerged in Oakland. Underground since 1893, it was still delivering water to customers. While pipes this old are rare, many parts of our system date back to the 1920s and 1940s when cast iron was the prime pipe material of its time.
This winter turned the tables on EBMUD’s historic four-year drought—for the wetter. Our reservoirs, thirsty for crisp mountain water, will refill thanks to snowmelt and precipitation in our Mokelumne watershed.
June marks the 50th anniversary of EBMUD’s Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area, a destination that draws over a million visitors a year looking to hike, picnic, fish, or just enjoy a moment of solitude overlooking the water.
It’s the picture of summer: kicking your feet up and relaxing under a leafy tree. What would we do without our majestic maples and stately sycamores? They improve air quality, keep homes cool and make a patio or yard the perfect place to unwind.
Water reaches your tap through an underground system of more than 4,200 miles of pipes called mains. When pipes leak, main breaks occur. Breaks can happen daily because of ground movement, corrosion, soil conditions or age. Last year, EBMUD crews fixed a record-breaking 1,155 main breaks—about three per day.
During droughts, both people and fish have less water available than they’re used to having. Last year we preserved as much cold water as possible in our Sierra reservoirs for release during the fall salmon run in the Mokelumne River.