Rain or Shine: Sewer Crews Continue Necessary Repairs and Maintenance Work

The SFPUC is focused on the health of its workforce, especially those out in the field, with continued delivery of critical water, power and sewer services. And even during the COVID-19 crisis, the SFPUC’s mission remains. While everyone is sheltering in place, the SFPUC’s sewer crews are at work maintaining, repairing and upgrading essential infrastructure, and…

How the SFPUC Practiced Emergency Communications While Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

“Ham radios can save lives!” said Nohemy Revilla, SFPUC Wastewater Engineer. “Ham radio is a system that uses radio waves to communicate wirelessly. In the event of a disaster, ham radio operators provide valuable assistance to first-responders, by augmenting other communication technology which may be inoperative.” The SFPUC employs many licensed amateur (ham) radio operators. In…

Stormwatch and Strike Teams Prepare for the Rain

While San Francisco is expected to enjoy sunshine over the next week, the rain will soon return. Many people will plan for a rainy day by putting on rain boots or grabbing an umbrella, and the SFPUC’s Stormwatch Team plans to do much more. “Stormwatch” is the SFPUC’s term for storm preparation and response efforts…

How You Can Prepare for the Rainy Season

The rainy season is here and it is never too early to be prepared. Because San Francisco has a combined sewer system that collects and treats stormwater in addition to what is flushed down the toilets and goes down the sinks, the SFPUC ramps up its storm preparation and response efforts in advance of and…

How SF Collected Over 3.3M Gallons of Oil in 12 Years

The SFPUC’s SFGreasecycle program is concluding after serving San Francisco restaurants for over 12 years. Developed in 2007, the program aimed to divert fats, oils and grease (FOG) from San Francisco’s sewer infrastructure while offering a offering restaurants and residents a cost-effective option to recycle used cooking oil.​ Before the launch of SFGreasecycle, the SFPUC…

Drain Adopters Help Reduce Flooding Issues in SF

Since the launch of ​San Francisco’s Adopt a Drain program in Fall 2016, the City’s 311 work orders for street flooding issues have reduced 36% below anticipated levels, illustrating the effectiveness of residents taking initiative and ownership of their drains. The Adopt a Drain program is one facet of the SFPUC’s comprehensive approach to planning…