Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for the East Bay Municipal Utility District Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Water Conservation Improvements Project

Media Contact: Russell Grimes, 916-978-5100, rwgrimes@usbr.gov

For Release: April 06, 2017

FOLSOM, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Advanced Metering and Water Conservation Improvements. The draft EA details Reclamation’s proposed grant of $1,000,000 to EBMUD through a WaterSMART Program grant. EBMUD would use the funding to improve water conservation efforts. The grant would partially fund the replacement of approximately 3,000 water meters on existing service connections, and the purchase and installation of acoustic leak detection sensors and pressure sensors. Once completed, the project would conserve approximately 1,680 acre-feet of water annually.

The draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at wwwww.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=27742. If you encounter problems accessing the document online, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov. Written comments are due by close of business Friday, May 5, 2017, to Catherine Blackwell, Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, 7794 Folsom Dam Road, Folsom, CA 95630. Comments may also be emailed to mblackwell@usbr.gov.

For additional information or to request a copy of the draft EA, please contact Blackwell at 916-989-7182 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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