Don’t expect lush green parks in Berkeley this summer, unless the watering is a surprise from the skies.
Hosing down your driveway, watering your yard more than twice a week, or washing your car with a hose without a shutoff nozzle are forbidden in Berkeley, as the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) faces its worst water supply in nearly 40 years.
The drinking water for 1 million customers of East Bay Municipal Utilities District had an “off” odor and taste over the weekend and, while EBMUD is fixing the issue, customers might have to get used to it.
The recent settlement of a lawsuit between the Environmental Protection Agency and several cities, including Berkeley, will lead to major repairs of the East Bay’s deteriorating sewage system — and less wastewater discharge into the bay.
Dozens of central Berkeley residents around Grant Street and Bancroft Way have been dealing with a water main break since Friday morning.
Traffic may be rough come school season, but the construction project closing Allston Way outside Berkeley High School is significant: the city’s first major permeable pavement installation.
This week the state Water Resources Control Board will consider emergency restrictions on water use that would require the city of Berkeley to impose fines for certain types of outdoor water use.
Many of us waited for months for Governor Jerry Brown to make official what our reservoirs and landscapes had already been showing: California’s water situation is dire. This isn’t the first time the state has weathered drought conditions, and, according to reports from government agencies and climatologists, these conditions may only worsen.
Authorities responded to significant flooding in the area of California and Parker streets in Berkeley on Friday afternoon after what has been reported to be a water main breakage.
In one of the driest years ever, EBMUD is asking East Bay residents to stretch water supplies and cut their usage by 10%. Without enough rain, the utility may still have to declare a water shortage emergency this spring, it said.
Steady coastal rains and heavy mountain snows are expected in Northern California throughout the weekend, with a high likelihood of rain in Berkeley through Sunday.
Update: 4:35 p.m. Water should resume flowing to south Berkeley residents around 5 p.m., according to a spokesman for EBMUD.
The City of Berkeley recently began a 10-year program of smoke testing the sanitary sewer system. The testing reveals places where there are defects or improper connections in the sewer system, and is particularly intended to find places where the separate stormwater drainage system may infiltrate into the sewers. Excess water into the sanitary sewers can overload the system, pump stations and treatment plants, and could cause overflow of untreated wastewater during storms.