A Look Back in History: The Original 1969 Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline

The new tunnel and pipeline provide redundancy to the existing Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline built in 1969. The original pipeline and soils in this area were subject to failure during heavy precipitation or a major earthquake. The 1969 Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline had been a critical, unique link in the transmission system conveying Hetch Hetchy Regional…

Beauty in Function: Willis Polk’s Classical Central Pump Station

On the weekends, one may drive along Sloat Boulevard and see dozens of families gathering on the green near Central Pump Station for soccer games. They may not realize that just to their side is an important water facility for the City. Built in 1912, Central Pump Station, located on Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco,…

SFPUC Retires the Boat and Grabs the Remote Control

A new footbridge to the gate house at Moccasin Reservoir means SFPUC staff no longer need to row a boat to the tower and crank a nearly 100-year-old gate valve by hand when they need to increase or decrease the amount of water in the reservoir. New upgrades will allow SFPUC staff to open and…

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…