How the SFPUC Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. What began as a small action on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan is now a global call for action. In the 50 years since that spring day in 1970, the SFPUC has initiated, designed, developed and implemented dozens of programs and policies that…

How to Save Water While Sheltering-in-Place

All of California is faced with the same dilemma – residents are sheltering in place. One may ask how they can conserve resources and maintain more efficient water use while spending more and more time indoors. Here are just a few ways to conserve water: Washing hands often per the CDC’s recommendations. When scrubbing hands…

How MyAccount Helps Manage Water Use and Bills

San Francisco resident Roberto really likes MyAccount. “This program lets me see my water use and my water bill.” he said. “If there is a spike, I can see it and take care of it before it gets out of control and costly, and it was easy to enroll.” MyAccount is the SFPUC’s online account…

Beyond Hetch Hetchy – Understanding San Francisco’s Water System

Many people may be familiar with Hetch Hetchy, San Francisco’s major water source that lies within Yosemite National Park. The water at Hetch Hetchy contains spring snowmelt flowing down the Tuolumne River. What many people may not know is that this same water is a protected primary source exempt from filtration requirements by the U.S….

Why Reusing Water from Clothes Washing is Critical to San Francisco’s Water Supply

“Imagine using water from your clothes washer to help grow the plants in your garden and supplement your outdoor water needs,” said SFPUC Water Conservation Administrator, Sergio Ramirez. “Using graywater can reduce the amount of drinking water used for landscape irrigation and reduce water entering our sewer system,” said Ramirez. “One of the SFPUC’s laundry-to-landscape…