Water lines are life lines and their resilience affects our recovery after disaster. The Bay Area underground terrain is quite complex. EBMUD’s water lines are buried in bayside soils, which can liquefy in earthquakes; they pass through tree-lined hillsides, which are subject to landslide and wildfire; and cross fault lines, where earth movement can tear them apart.
Throughout history, civilization has withstood earthquakes, severe storms, floods, landslides and wildfires. Even when we are prepared, emergencies can leave us with little more than our lives. However, preparing for emergencies can mean the difference between feeling strong and feeling helpless.