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.

Financial Performance

EBMUD's revenues grew by 9% in FY 2013 thanks to the 10% increase in water system sales and a wastewater system sales. Water and wastewater revenues grew thanks to rate increases. Power sales dropped by 13% as the result of lower rainfall limiting runoff for power generation.

Net income increased by 2%.


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.

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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