OAKLAND – Today, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) airlifted nearly 2,500 feet of pipe to the Berkeley Oakland Hills just north of the Claremont Hotel. This is a first for EBMUD.
“Our pipes and drinking water traverse every street and hill of the East Bay. It’s a challenging area and sometimes upgrading our pipes requires creative problem solving,” said Director of Operations Mike Wallis.
EBMUD flew 15 bundles of new high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe from Fernwald Road at Dwight
Way up the hill to Panoramic Way. This unique delivery method resolves the difficulty of maneuvering 40 foot long pipe segments up extremely narrow, windy roads. The helicopter flight eliminates the need to cut the pipe segments, and reduces truck trips, labor hours and work time in neighborhood streets. This seismically flexible pipe replaces cast iron pipes that range from 65 to almost 100 years old. These pipes have a leak history that makes them a priority for replacement. This is the first of two planned helicopter deliveries for the Panoramic Hill Improvements Project with a second delivery scheduled later this year.
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