A Bay Area utility is helping itself to Sacramento River water.  

EBMUD, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will start taking water from the Freeport Regional Water Project on the Sacramento River. 

EBMUD and Sacramento County partnered to build the project at a cost of billion dollars.

But this marks the first time district has used the diversion since it was completed in 2010.  

The Sacramento Bee reports EBMUD is allowed to divert water at Freeport only when the Mokelumne River falls below 500,000 acre-feet.  

The Freeport intake is connected to EBMUD's Mokelumne River pipeline and will pull nearly 133,000-acre feet of water from the Sacramento River.