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.

Geographic Reach

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 has three business segments: The Water System (the collection, transmission and distribution of water within Alameda and Contra Costa countries of California); The Wastewater System (the treatment of wastewater in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, and the Stege Sanitary District); and The Pension and Other Employee Benefit Trust, which manages the Employees' Retirement System (retirement benefits of the company employees). 

Financial Performance

The company's overall fiscal 2014 revenues increased by 8%. Water sales grew by 9% due to a 10% increase in water rates and wastewater revenues increased by 6% resulting from a 9% rate increase. Offsetting these gains, EBMUD's power sales decreased by 42% as the result of lower precipitation and run-off of power generation. 

In fiscal 2014 the company's net income decreased by 5% due to major increase raw water expenses and higher sewer treatment plant costs. This was offset by higher revenues and lower administration expenses.

EBMUD's operating cash flows increased by 14% in fiscal 2014 due to a rise in cash inflows from cash received from customers, offset by an increase in payments to suppliers.


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.

The company has planned a two year budget (fiscal 2016 and 2017) of $1.8 billion that will fund needed water and wastewater capital projects that replace aging pipelines and rehab aging reservoirs, continue to pay for long-term water supply infrastructure, and account for the increasing costs of drought. Its active projects include Summit Reservoir Replacement; Round Hill Reservoir/Oakshire Place; Danville Pumping Plant Upgrades; Eden Reservoir Replacement; 39th and Bayo Street Pumping Plant; and Crossroads Reservoir.

Company Background

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.

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375 11th St
Oakland, CA 94607-4246
Phone: 1 (866) 403-2683
Fax: 1 (510) 287-0149


  • Employer Type: Government Owned
  • General Manager: Alexander R. Coate
  • President of the Board: Andy Katz
  • Finance Director: Eric L. Sandler

Major Office Locations

  • Oakland, CA

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