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 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
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
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
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
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.
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.