This Drain Adopter Rolled Up Her Sleeves Before the Big Storm

The San Francisco Bay Area braved heavy rain fall and winds this past weekend. Luckily, for “Down-a the Drain,” a storm drain located at the bottom of a steep San Francisco hill, Elizabeth Heidues takes pride in cleaning her adopted drain, part of the SFPUC’s Adopt a Drain Program. Heidues put on a yellow vest…

SFPUC Crews Prepare for Much Awaited Rainy Weather

The much needed rain is finally here. With more rain expected over the next several days in the Bay Area, the SFPUC is reminding residents of the many resources that the agency offers to help prepare for stormy conditions. Those measures include the Floodwater Grant program—a critical resource that allows property owners to implement projects…

Help Transform the Storm: Join us for a Rain Guardians Community Event

The SFPUC is committed to creating a resilient and sustainable city in the face of intensifying weather patterns. We can send precious rainwater back to the soil, minimizing the burden on our sewer system and creating a greener city by implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI). GSI is a set of engineered systems that use the…

How to Prevent Pollution Through Eco-Friendly Pest Management

On the first day of Fall during Pollution Prevention Week, the SFPUC will host a free webinar on how to prevent and tackle pest issues in the garden and at home. This webinar will take place on September 22 and feature best practices, tips and tricks from an integrated pest management educator on how to…

Why the SFPUC Takes Advantage of Dry Weather to Prepare for the Rainy Season

“We bring our trucks out that have cranes on the back end. We carefully lift the wastewater pumps from 30 feet down. It takes precision, practice and most of all, teamwork to do it.” Julio “Jules” Fontes is a Senior Stationary Engineer for the SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise at the Southeast Treatment Plant. Every year during…