Crews Continue Critical Nighttime Sewer Spot Repair Work

Streets are empty and stores are closed as San Francisco and Bay Area residents follow the shelter-in-place order. Rest assured there are no impacts to the SFPUC’s water, power or sewer services during the COVID-19 pandemic. SFPUC sewer repair crews are continuing their work, following the strict guidelines of hygiene and social distancing. This critical…

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…