Green Infrastructure: Helping Manage Our Stormwater for the Future

The heavy rains and winds San Francisco experienced in late January marked the first significant rainfall of the year. What happens to that rain once it falls is very important, especially for the SFPUC. On average, over 10 billion gallons of rain falls in San Francisco each year. That rain falling on our roofs, sidewalks…

SFPUC Strike Team Responds to Stormy Weather

Stormy conditions hit San Francisco this week and the SFPUC’s Strike Team deployed two nights in a row. In part two of this series , we look at how a Stormwatch activation deploys crews while most people are sleeping to comb the city for clogged catch basins. “We were prepared for the worst, with more…

Working Hard to Prepare San Francisco for Stormy Weather

One inch or more within 24 hours. This is how much rain it takes to activate a Stormwatch, which brings together staff from the SFPUC, SF Public Works, and city departments to minimize the impacts to San Francisco.  Severe weather bringing heavy rains were forecasted this week and the SFPUC is working hard to prepare, day and night.  In this…

Heavy Rains and Strong Winds Expected in San Francisco: Get Rain Ready

Rain or shine, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is preparing year-round for heavy rain, never knowing when the next big storm will hit. The National Weather Service predicts wet weather will hit San Francisco starting Tuesday afternoon, lasting until at least Friday.  To prepare for rain, the SFPUC’s Storm Watch Team has been…

Inspiring More Green Infrastructure Projects Throughout San Francisco

The SFPUC Green Infrastructure Grant Program thrived in 2020 despite challenges brought by the pandemic. Launched in February of 2019, the grant program has continued to provide funding to innovative public and private green infrastructure projects throughout San Francisco. The goal of the program is to further encourage onsite green infrastructure with an aim to…