Recycled water quality

Recycled water from the East Bayshore and San Ramon Valley treatment plants is safe for human contact. The water quality meets California Department of Public Health Title 22 criteria for unrestricted reuse. 

Regular laboratory testing ensures our community's health and safety, and helps customers use recycled water effectively for irrigation and other non-drinking purposes.

Abbreviations are defined below.

Recycled Water Quality Data
2018 Annual Averages

Oakland & Emeryville
San Ramon & Danville
Ammonia mg/L 50.6 32.4
Bicarbonate mg/L 369.09 301
Boron mg/L 0.255 0.61
Calcium mg/L 24.03 47
Chloride mg/L 298 187

Chloramine Residual
(as Chlorine)

mg/L 1.44 --[3]
Total Coliform MPN/100 mL <2[1] <2[1]


mmhos/cm 1.72 1.44
Copper mg/L 0.008 --[3]
Fluoride mg/L 1.65 --[3]
Iron mg/L 0.17 --[3]
Lead mg/L 0.002 --[3]
Magnesium mg/L 16.29 34
Nitrate (as Nitrogen) mg/L 0.99 0.29
(as Phosphorus)
mg/L 4.18 --[3]
pH 0 -14 scale 7.14 7.21
Silica mg/L 6.6 17.4
Sodium Adsorption
Ratio (SAR)[2]
calculated 48.08 24.83
Sodium mg/L 215.9 158
Sulfate mg/L 56.27 117
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) mg/L 825 726
Zinc mg/L 0.04 --[3]



Note 1
Median measurement. The median reading for coliform readings at EBRWP and SRVRWP was beneath 2 MPN/100 mL in 2018 and coliform readings were in compliance with state regulations at both treatment plants.
Note 2
Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR) is a measure of the amount of sodium (Na) relative to Calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) in water, and is used as a quality metric for irrigation.
Note 3
Data not available from the San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program laboratory.


EBRWP: East Bayshore Recycled Water Project, an EBMUD project serving Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany and Alameda.
SRVRWP: San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program, a joint project of the Dublin San Ramon Services District & EBMUD. EBMUD's portion of the project is designed to serve customers in San Ramon, Danville and Blackhawk.
mg/L: Milligrams per liter, or parts per million
mmhos/cm: Millimhos per centimeter (equivalent to decisiemens per meter [dS/m], the international unit for electrical conductivity)
MPN: Most Probably Number (of viable bacterial cells in a 100 mL sample).
mL: Milliliter, or 0.001 liter; 100 ml = 0.1 liter (1/10)