Clean Water Agreement

A regional agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been reached in the form of a Federal Consent Decree (CD) focused on significantly improving the aging sewer infrastructure and protect the San Francisco Bay from sewage spills.

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Oakland has committed to the following project deliverables, many of which were already in place, and will be assessed and monitored over the 22-year period of the agreement:

  • Rehabilitate 13 miles of sewer pipes per year
  • Clean the entire sewer system by 2018 and 140 miles per year thereafter
  • Inspect 92 miles of sewer pipes per year
  • Treat (by root foaming) 50 miles of sewer pipes per year
  • Renovate all seven sewer pump stations by 2022
  • Eliminate high priority storm water inflow sources within two years wherever found
  • Inspect and clean sewer hot spots annually
  • Require Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) rehabilitation (initiated in 2012)
  • Report defective sewer laterals owned by local, state or federal entities to EPA
  • Rehabilitate sewer laterals owned by the City within 10 years at targeted locations
  • Notify owners of private-property defective sewer laterals within 90 days
  • Enforce repairs on high priority defective sewer laterals
  • Assist EBMUD in development of sewer lateral education program
  • Formalize the previously implemented fat, oil, and grease control (FOG) program