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agencies. EBMUD established a Board-level policy to promote the beneficial use of biosolids and 
consistent with that policy, EBMUD beneficially reuses 100 percent of its biosolids.  

EBMUD is actively engaged with the communities it serves through tour programs, social media, and 
industry liaison groups. While EBMUD has provided facility tours for many years, the organization has 
recently expanded and formalized the program to make tours available to the general public and school 
groups. Tours for school groups foster environmental awareness in younger students and provide more 
advanced technical information for college and graduate students. Pollution prevention programs to 
build community awareness about disposal of fats, oils, and greases, household cleaning products, and 
pharmaceuticals, are key to EBMUD’s mission to prevent these problematic pollutants from clogging 
wastewater infrastructure or reaching receiving waters. EBMUD is engaged with its immediate 
neighbors through a neighborhood liaison group that exists to receive input on matters of immediate 
concern, including odors. Neighbors can contact EBMUD through an odor hotline at any hour to report 
problems, which result in real-time investigation and response.  

EBMUD has the unique distinction in the areas of energy efficiency and generation as the first 
wastewater treatment facility in North America to become a net energy producer in 2012. This 
achievement was a result of an innovative and expansive resource recovery program to generate more 
onsite electricity than is typical for a plant of its size, as well as from concerted efforts to reduce plant 
energy demand. Since 2002, EBMUD has grown a world-renowned resource recovery program that 
includes capital improvements for receiving and feeding the anaerobic digesters, an organizational 
structure with established acceptance criteria to protect the treatment process, and research and 
testing to continue to innovate and expand into new areas. The growth of this program has more than 
doubled EBMUD’s biogas production and onsite electrical generation. When combined with a strong 
energy efficiency program, this results in net energy production of 138% of its electricity needs. The 
surplus renewable energy is sold to a neighboring municipal utility, generating revenue that helps 
EBMUD to maintain reasonable wastewater rates for all ratepayers. To build the resource recovery and 
energy efficiency programs, EBMUD conducted a number of studies including an Energy System Master 
Plan and a Waste-to-Energy Study. EBMUD includes energy-efficiency projects in its Strategic Plan and 
established Board-level Sustainability and Energy policies, which demonstrate its commitment to energy 
conservation, renewable energy generation, and enhanced performance and reliability.   

Currently, EBMUD recycles nutrients through land application of its biosolids, but is seeking to expand 
these efforts by diverting a greater portion of biosolids to agricultural uses or recovering nutrients in the 
liquid stream. In parallel, EBMUD is very active in furthering the understanding of, and addressing issues 
related to nutrient levels in the greater San Francisco Bay region. EBMUD is leading a multi-agency effort 
to assess measures to reduce nutrient discharge to San Francisco Bay based on sound science. This 
effort includes an engineering evaluation of alternative nutrient recovery/removal methods and piloting 
innovative methods for sidestream treatment. In addition, EBMUD is initiating efforts to prepare a 
nutrient recovery master plan for its entire facility. In addition to nutrient control and recovery 
activities, EBMUD has a comprehensive recycling program in place for a variety of materials, including 
metals, paper, green waste, and electronics.  

As a combined water and wastewater agency, EBMUD is committed to using its wastewater resources to 
augment limited potable water supplies and this is formalized in its water supply plan. EBMUD currently 
recycles approximately 9 million gallons per day (mgd) of wastewater for landscape irrigation and