The SFPUC Reminds You – Do Not Flush ‘Flushable’ Wipes

This month, General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Harlan Kelly, Jr. sent a letter of support for a legislation that is close to heart for the agency: If passed, the legislation would require flushable wipe makers to include proper labeling on wipes packaging. This is a topic very closely monitored by…

SFPUC Encourages Residents to Protect Their Sewer Pipes

Normally, you would hear the SFPUC say “Only the 3 Ps down the pipes: toilet Paper, Poop and Pee.” While that message will last the test of time, sewer pipes are something that won’t, unless you take care of them. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission really needs you – especially the property owners –…

How to Stay Ahead of Pollution

The SFPUC’s Pollution Prevention Program held a workshop last May to discuss Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs). Simply put, the CECs are the many different kinds of chemicals such as traces of medicines, personal care or household cleaning products, lawn care and agricultural products, among others. These can be detected in water ways, such as…

Why Steve Ardrey Strives to Inspire the Next Generation to Take to the Trades

Steve Ardrey has been an Electronic Instrumentation Technician for thirty-one years at the SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise. Over these years he has developed a mantra of sorts, such as “Before you can control the process, you must measure the process.”  This is a concept that he has taught various tour groups, John O’Connell High School interns,…

A Store Keeper’s Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For Charlton Ingram, working at the Southeast Plant Warehouse at 1700 Jerrold for the SFPUC as a Store Keeper and Senior Purchaser for the agency’s Wastewater Division is more than a job. He describes it as being part of a big family. He recalls the challenges he has dealt with since COVID-19. “My job is…