A leaky pipe, first noticed by an alert paddler, was plugged on April 13. It’s not clear how long raw sewage had been flowing into the bay.
In response to a lawsuit, Berkeley, Oakland, EBMUD and others agreed to rehab wastewater systems so less sewage lands in the bay. Tested by heavy rains and pipe-clogging pandemic wipes, leaks continue but work is on track.
Conservation by East Bay residents played a role in alleviating the water shortage, according to EBMUD.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District tested the site at Page and Second streets the following day, and found no public health hazard.
“We have been waiting for a wet season like this for years,” a water official said, but is it enough to end the drought?
The homeowner suspects a leak and says she’s not “some kind of scofflaw.”
Nina Gordon-Kirsch spent more than a month walking from her home in Oakland to the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.
Strawberry Creek and the city’s trees are doing OK, but Lake Anza is unswimmable, turtles are getting run over by cars and wild pigs may be moving in.
Unhoused residents and their supporters want the East Bay Municipal Utility District to expand water access for camps.
Routine pressure adjustments may have caused older pipes to burst, according to EBMUD.
Guests at the DoubleTree hotel and others in the area were without running water after a main break Tuesday afternoon cut the supply to the entire Berkeley Marina.
PG&E says the amount of time the power could be out has “been hard for a lot of people to accept.” The city is taking steps to prepare. Have you?