A fresh start for old pipes
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.
EBMUD is tackling the dirty and difficult job of replacing our 4,200-mile system of water mains. Corrosion, seismic hazards, landslides and age pose challenges—making pipes vulnerable to…