Mercury is a potent neurotoxin identified by the Federal Clean Water Act as impairing San Francisco Bay. EBMUD has developed a multi-faceted mercury program to address the following known sources of mercury within its wastewater service area.

Dental Facilities

EBMUD regulates the discharge of mercury from dental facilities.

Residential Households

Because mercury is highly toxic to humans and wildlife, it's important to reduce the likelihood of mercury spills. Find out how to properly dispose of mercury in thermometers, thermostats, and washing machine switches.

Medical Facilities and Hospitals

EBMUD issues permits to seven hospital campuses in the EBMUD wastewater service area. The permits require best management practices to limit discharges of mercury, pharmaceuticals, silver from x-ray processing, heavy metals from cooling towers, and laboratory chemicals.

Schools/Educational Institutions

EBMUD partnered with the University of California Berkeley on the development and implementation of a campus-wide Mercury Reduction Program in 2002. The program was highly successful, resulting in the removal of more than 1,200 pounds of mercury waste. Subsequent to this effort, EBMUD developed the template below to encourage educational institutions and agencies to implement a similar program. For more information, contact Environmental Services at or 510-287-1651.