EBMUD set to install 13,500 feet of transmission line in El Cerrito

EBMUD set to install 13,500 feet of transmission line in El Cerrito
Map courtesy of EBMUD.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) invites community members to a Virtual Town Hall meeting Oct. 12 to hear details about upcoming construction on a project in El Cerrito to install 13,500 feet of transmission line. 

EBMUD plans to install a 36-inch transmission line from San Carlos Avenue at Lynn Avenue to Liberty Street at Hill Street in El Cerrito, a project expected to begin next month and last through early 2025.

Work hours are expected to run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The community will be notified in advance if any extended or overnight work hours are required.

The Wildcat Pipeline Imporvement project in El Cerrito will install a total of 13,500 feet of pipeline that will “improve operational flexibility and water system reliability in the northern portion of EBMUD’s service area,” the agency said.

“Transmission pipelines are different from smaller distribution pipes that directly serve your neighborhoods, as they move large amounts of water between facilities such as treatment plants, pumping plants, and storage reservoirs,” the agency added.

The upcoming construction project was preceded by small-diameter pipeline relocations in the area, which is work that occurred last year.

It’s part of a broader effort by EBMUD to build about 8.5 miles of new 48-inch and 36-inch water transmission pipelines along four major segments to ensure continued reliable water service to customers in north Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, and the unincorporated communities of West Contra Costa County.

The Wildcat Pipeline in Berkeley was completed in June 2021. The Central Pressure Zone Pipelines, which include projects in El Cerrito/Richmond and Richmond/San Pablo, will follow several years after completion of the El Cerrito project.

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For more information see FAQs regarding this regional pipeline improvement project.