Solar Installation Lifts Off at the San Francisco Opera House

Construction has started on the SFPUC’s latest rooftop solar installation at the Opera House in Civic Center. The rooftop solar system, which joins other installations around the city, will produce between 138,00 and 145,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year, which would be enough electricity to power about 20 homes for a year. The SFPUC…

The Power of Teamwork for the Powder Activated Carbon System

The task seemed impossible. Construct an entirely new Powder Activated Carbon water treatment system at the Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plant that must be ready for service by the January 2019 Hetch Hetchy shutdown, while the Plant remained in operation. Why the rush? The SFPUC’s 2.7 million Bay Area customers would rely solely on local…

Divers Go Under Water to Make Sewer Upgrades

A group of divers spent hours under water to do what many people don’t think of – making sewer upgrades. As part of the ongoing sewer system improvements the SFPUC is doing at Islais Creek, last week saw a phase of work with divers, cofferdams and barges.  Divers were called to install plugs on an…

When Stinkwort Invades: SFPUC’s Early Detection and Rapid Response

It takes a team of committed professionals working together to take on the likes of an invasive, foul-smelling pest known as stinkwort. One of several high priority species of invasive weeds on the Peninsula and Alameda County, stinkwort, along with yellow starthistle, purple starthistle and artichoke thistle, are targeted for removal and control by the…

San Francisco Invests Over $800,000 in Drink Tap Program Expansion

Carrying a reusable water bottle is now going to be an easier habit for San Francisco residents and visitors. With $805,000 in funding set aside in this year’s budget, San Francisco’s innovative drink tap stations are set to expand across the City, as every public school and more parks and open spaces are poised to…

SFPUC and Social Impact Partners Welcome Back John O’Connell High School Students

The SFPUC and its social impact partners welcomed back the students of John O’Connell High School on Friday, August 23, highlighting another year of collaboration with Mission District public high school. The SFPUC’s private contracting firms, Stantec and McMillen Jacobs, provide funding support, technical expertise and volunteer work to help students at John O’Connell learn…