Why Painting Over a Fire Hydrant Isn’t a Work of Art

One may have seen it before in different parts of the City. And some people may think it is a cute or unique to do. But whatever the intention, painting over a fire hydrant is considered vandalism by the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) and the SFPUC. Painting over a fire hydrant with completely different…

The Moment 15 Seconds Made Its Mark in the Bay Area

On October 17, 1989 at 5:04 PM, the streets of San Francisco were rattled by the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. While the quake shook for 15 seconds, confusion and fear swept through the Bay Area. Game 3 of the World Series between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants came to a standstill at…

Why Does the SFPUC Have Disaster Service Workers?

If there is one thing that’s guaranteed, it’s that a disaster can happen at a moment’s notice. The 3.5 magnitude earthquake that shook the Bay Area on October 5 was a reminder to be ready for the unexpected. That is why all employees with the City and County of San Francisco are designated by both…

How NERT is Important to the SFPUC and the City

“NERTs don’t get hurt.” This is slogan is repeated often during Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training sessions held throughout the year in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Led by the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD), NERT is a community-based training program dedicated to a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach, educating San Franciscans with tools and resources needed in…

Why the SFPUC Participates in Fleet Week

San Francisco is about to get loud in the sky. It’s that time of the year when the roaring sound and choreograph of the Blue Angels in the sky capture residents and visitors’ attention. One can’t help but look up and enjoy a free show during the workday throughout Fleet Week, a free, annual event…

How You Should Be Prepared for a Public Safety Power Shutoff

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has planned an emergency Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in anticipation of strong winds and dry gusts impact the Bay Area over the next two days. And while the PSPS event may impact Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties, the SFPUC does not anticipate its water, power…