It is part of the job description of East Bay Municipal Utility
District (EBMUD) to keep the mud out of the drinking water. The
utility provides potable water to 1.3 million people in a
331-square-mile area (which includes the cities of Alameda,
Berkeley, and Oakland). Its wastewater system serves about
650,000 people in an 88-square-mile area of Alameda and Contra
Costa counties along San Francisco Bay's east shore. EBMUD
operates a wastewater treatment plant that treats wastewater
collected by nine East Bay cities and cleans it before discharge to
the San Francisco Bay.
EBMUD serves the cities and towns of
Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Danville, El Cerrito, Emeryville, part
of Hayward, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont,
Pinole, part of Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Leandro, San Pablo,
San Ramon, part of Walnut Creek and the unincorporated communities
of Alamo, Ashland, Blackhawk, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Crockett,
Diablo, El Sobrante, Fairview, Kensington, North Richmond, Oleum,
Rodeo, San Lorenzo and Selby.
EBMUD's revenues grew by
7% in FY 2012 thanks to the 7% increase in both water
system and wastewater system sales. Water revenues increased by $19
million, mainly reflecting a water rate increase, and sewer
revenues grew by $19 million, reflecting a stable revenue
base, coupled with a rate increase. Other factors included an
increase of property tax based wet weather facilities charges, and
a $3 million jump in power revenues.
Net income increased by
119% thanks to higher revenues, a $1 million decrease in capital
contributions (reflecting fees received in the prior fiscal year
for the relocation of district facilities), lower general
administration expenses, and reduced amortization expenditures
on intangible assets.
EBMUD's mission is to provide reliable, high quality water
and wastewater services at fair and reasonable rates for the people
of the East Bay. The company's 2010-2040 strategic plan calls
for the company to obtain an additional 32 million gallons a day of
supply. Future activities include infrastructure
expansion, maintaining fiscal stability, and increasing rationing
to preserve long term water supply. It is also committed to
green energy. Some 90% of the electricity needed to power its
main wastewater facility comes from a biomass-fired plant that
uses waste from food, wineries, fats, greases, and oils.
Formed in 1923 by residents of the San Francisco Bay area, EBMUD
gets most of its water supply from the Mokelumne River watershed.
The Sacramento River provides the balance.