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EBDA's History

East Bay Dischargers Authority (EBDA) was formed on February 15, 1974, by a "Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement" entered into by the City of Hayward, City of San Leandro, Oro Loma Sanitary District, Union Sanitary District, and Castro Valley Sanitary District. EBDA operates under a Commission consisting of one representative appointed by each member agency. EBDA's staff includes the General Manager, Operations & Maintenance Manager, and Administrative Assistant. Additionally, EBDA hires an outside accountant to reconcile its monthly accounts and to prepare its financial documents.

The purpose of EBDA is to provide for the "more efficient disposal of wastewater produced in each Member Agency, all to the economic and financial advantage of each Agency and otherwise for the benefit of each Agency; and each of the Agencies is willing to plan with the other Agencies for joint wastewater facilities which will protect all of the Agencies." The Authority owns and operates four effluent pump stations, a dechlorination facility, and a force main and Bay Outfall system for effluent disposal into the San Francisco Bay.

EBDA entered into an Agreement with Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency (LAVWMA) on February 1, 1978. The purpose of the agreement is to allow LAVWMA to use the facilities of EBDA to discharge a limited amount of wastewater. The Agreement provides for a reasonable method of allocating costs to LAVWMA that will be incurred as a result of the discharge rights. An interim agreement was approved in 1998 increasing LAVWMA’s interruptible capacity rights. In 2007 all previous agreements were combined into a single Master Agreement. The term of that agreement extends through the term of EBDA's Joint Powers Agreement, January 1, 2020. EBDA also owns and operates a pump station and force main that delivers recycled wastewater to Hayward Area Recreation District for use on Skywest Golf Course.