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EPA Settlement Agreement Requires Alameda to Assess and Upgrade Sewers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Clean Water Act settlement today that involves the City of Alameda. (File photo)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Clean Water Act settlement today that involves the City of Alameda. (File photo)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement today under the Clean Water Act that requires the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and seven East Bay cities, including Alameda, to assess and upgrade sewer systems to prevent discharge into San Francisco Bay.

The settlement was filed in United States District Court, Northern District of California, and also impacts the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont, and the Stege Sanitary District which serves El Cerrito, Kensington and a portion of the City of Richmond.

Federal, state and local regulators, and environmental groups, have been working since 2009 to reduce raw sewage discharges into the bay.

The agreement calls for the various cities and agencies to inspect and upgrade some 1,500 miles of sewer system infrastructure over 21 years. The upgrades are expected to cost roughly $1.5 billion in total, and the various agencies will have to pay $1.5 million for past discharges in violation of federal law.

The City of Alameda was assessed civil penalties of $111,150 plus interest from the date of the settlement consent decree.

Much of the work that Alameda will have to do involves the repair and rehabilitation of sewer mains and sewer laterals at Alameda Point “for any property or parcel that is developed, re-developed and/or reused in anyway.”

Rehabilitation of Alameda Point sewer components will be a required condition of any applicable building permits.

Elsewhere in Alameda, the city will be required to inspect and document the condition of its sewer mains at a rate of no less than ten percent of mains that are ten years old or older, for the first ten years following the issuance of the settlement.

Additionally, the city will need to continue with it’s sewer pump station renovation plan, to assess and upgrade some 34 sanitary sewer pump stations. The city needs to ensure that each station has sufficient capacity for peak rainfalls, has an automatic alarm system and has backup or redundant equipment.

The public may comment on the settlement for 30 days, and it is subject to final court approval.

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