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
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
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.
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 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.
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.