Wastewater Samples Help Researchers Monitor Nursing Home for COVID-19 Outbreak

The State Water Resources Control Board and the California Water Quality Monitoring Council recently recognized the SFPUC and other agencies for their role in developing and implementing wastewater monitoring to manage the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have sought ways to identify signs of…

Inspiring the Next Generation with Solar Power

On a cloudy, blustery November day in San Francisco, 33 high-school students trudged up 24th Avenue in the Sunset neighborhood to visit their local solar array. Guided by Utility Specialist John Zech and Power Communications Manager Peter Gallotta, the eleventh-grade class, along with teachers Valerie Ziegler and Alan Calac, learned the importance and benefits of…

How Emily Lam Advocates and Champions Equity in the Workplace

Last month, the Association of Women in Water, Energy & Environment hosted “Lessons from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Leaders.” Among the featured panelists was Emily Lam, Deputy Assistant General Manager of External Affairs. We caught up with Emily to find out more about the work being done to advocate for racial equity at the…

A Career in Construction with Shabrea Thornton

“Now that I’m in construction, I’m proud of where I’m at in life today,” Shabrea Thornton says with pride and feelings of accomplishment for her recent efforts to ensure a brighter, more stable future for herself and her daughter. Born and raised in Bayview-Hunters Point, Thornton is working as an apprentice laborer with Bertco, Inc.,…

Malik Seneferu’s Mural Installation on Evans Avenue

Drive down Evans Avenue in the Bayview neighborhood and you will see a new large-scale temporary mural, Clear the Air, by Bayview Hunters-Point native and artist Malik Seneferu. The mural is installed along the Headworks Facility Project fence on Evans Avenue between Rankin and Phelps Streets. Seneferu was commissioned by the SFPUC and San Francisco Arts Commission…

Mansfield and Mansfield Construction an Unlikely Local Business

The SFPUC’s Contractors Assistance Center (the Center) recently started its second session of the Getting Down to Business (GD2B) Program. The 15-week long program took place online from August 2021 to November 2021.  The GD2B program provides practical solutions about key business operations. In the program, LBEs review specific and technical areas to understand and resolve…